The American Kafir

2011/03/02

Gunman Targets U.S. Soldiers At Frankfurt Airport: With Updates

Source Link: STRATFOR
March 2, 2011 | 1633 GMT

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Two people were killed and two were injured, at least one critically, in a shooting attack on U.S. military personnel at 3:20 p.m. local time March 3 at Germany’s Frankfurt International Airport. According to breaking news reports, an armed attacker boarded a U.S. military bus idling in front of Terminal 2 and began shooting. The two killed were a U.S. soldier and the driver of the bus, whose nationality is unclear. The perpetrator is alleged to be from Kosovo, of Albanian ethnicity and 21 years old, according to German media sources. According to news reports, the U.S. forces involved in the attack were on their way to Afghanistan.

There have been plots against U.S. military targets in Germany in recent years. The attack fits in the category of “armed jihadist assault” similar to what American-born Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki called for in mid-2010 in jihadist Internet chat rooms. Al-Awlaki had been tied to U.S. Maj. Nidal Hasan, who was charged with the November 2009 Fort Hood shooting.

The attack in Frankfurt appears to have been a soft-target attack. Soft targets are vulnerable to attack due to the absence of adequate security or standoff distance. Areas at airports outside the security check-in points are such targets. STRATFOR has for some time predicted that militants would seek out such targets, especially considering their fixation on airplanes. The recent bombing at Domodedovo International Airport in Moscow, for example, targeted the international arrivals area where families, friends and drivers awaited travelers emerging from the terminal. Such areas are difficult to secure because doing so would require essentially cordoning off the entire airport.

If reports of the attacker’s ethnicity are true, this would not be the first time ethnic Albanians have joined international jihad. A number of Albanian individuals were part of the Fort Dix plot in the United States in 2007. U.S. authorities broke up a militant cell in North Carolina that involved an individual of ethnic Albanian origin. In 2009, a U.S. citizen of Albanian descent from Brooklyn, New York, tried to go to Pakistan for militant training. Albanian militants fighting in the Kosovo Liberation Army, however, largely eschewed militant Islam during their fight against Serbia in the late 1990s and in fact allied with NATO against the regime of then-Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic. Recent jihadist plots, however, indicate that the diaspora in the West has had a considerable number of cases of radicalization.

Germany: Bus Carrying U.S. Soldiers At Frankfurt Airport Attacked

March 2, 2011

A man opened fire “near or on” a bus transporting U.S. soldiers at Frankfurt airport March 2, killing the driver and one soldier, CNN, MSNBC and Fox News reported, citing airport officials and police. An airport spokesman said the targeted bus is used by the U.S. military at the airport’s Terminal 2. Two soldiers were also injured in the attack, one critically. The attacker was arrested and is reportedly Kosovar or Macedonian.

Germany: More Details On Frankfurt Airport Shooting

March 2, 2011

The shooting at Frankfurt airport occurred at 3:20 p.m. local time March 2 in a bus lane in a public, non-secure part of the airport’s Terminal 2, a German police spokesman said, DPA reported. The spokesman said it appeared “everything happened in the bus.” The attacker was likely carrying a knife as well, according to DPA.

Germany: Argument Preceded Shooting At Frankfurt Airport – Report

March 2, 2011

An argument may have taken place on the bus carrying U.S. soldiers at Frankfurt airport before shots were fired, Frankfurter Rundschau reported March 2. The soldiers were probably U.S. Air Force security forces on their way to the Middle East, CNN reported.

Germany: Airport Gunman Identified As Kosovar Citizen

March 2, 2011

German police have identified Arif Uka, a Kosovar citizen from the northern town of Mitrovica, as the gunman in the shooting of bus carrying U.S. soldiers outside the Frankfurt airport, AP reported March 2.

Germany: Additional Information On Frankfurt Airport Shooting

March 2, 2011

The gunman who attacked a bus carrying U.S. troops at Frankfurt airport first fired on a soldier standing in front of the vehicle, Frankfurter Rundschau reported March 2. The attacker then shot the bus driver. Two people inside the bus were struck by fire, one in the head and the other in the chest; both injuries are life-threatening. The shooter fled into the terminal after firing the shots, where he was subdued and arrested by German federal police.

Germany: Gunman Worked At Frankfurt Airport – Report

March 2, 2011

The suspected gunman who opened fire on a bus carrying U.S. soldiers March 2 is a German Muslim and worked at the Frankfurt airport where the shooting occurred, the individual’s uncle said, AP reported.

Germany: Gunman Born, Raised In Germany – Report

March 2, 2011

The suspected gunman who opened fire on a bus carrying U.S. soldiers March 2 was born and raised in Germany after his parents moved there from Kosovo 40 years ago, the alleged gunman’s father said, AP reported. The father said that the only thing he knew about the situation was that his son did not show up to work on March 2. The Frankfurt airport has refused to comment on whether the suspect worked there.

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