Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Jihadist Kills Two US Soldiers In Germany; Obama Promises "Inquiry" But Not Much Else

Two US Soldiers on their way to Afghanistan were killed in Frankfurt Germany today by an Islamist yelling "Allah Akbar." (NY Times).
The suspect arrested at the scene is a 21-year-old Kosovar who lives in Frankfurt, according to a police spokesman, Manfred Füllhardt. The police charged him with murder and attempted murder, but they did not rule out terrorism charges. He was being questioned at the Frankfurt police headquarters.

The Associated Press reported that his uncle in Kosovo identified him as Arid Uka and said he was born and raised in Germany after his parents moved there about 40 years ago. The German police, however, said he was born in Kosovo, The A.P. said. The uncle, Rexhep Uka, said that the family was Muslim and that Arid Uka worked at the Frankfurt Airport. That could not be immediately confirmed.

...Mr. Füllhardt said that the dead and wounded airmen were part of a group of 13 who had just arrived from London and had boarded the bus to go to the American military base at Ramstein, about 80 miles southwest of the Frankfurt Airport. He said they were in uniform and headed for deployment in Afghanistan. The dark blue bus had United States Air Force license plates, though American military officials regularly warn their personnel in Germany not to use military license plates to be less conspicuous.

A little before 3:30 p.m. local time, the suspect argued with some of the airmen and then shot one who was standing in the open door as well as the driver, Mr. Füllhardt said. The two airmen who were wounded were also near the door. The suspect fled and was captured by a federal police officer.

The attack took place at Terminal 2, near the check-in counter for the Russian airline Aeroflot. Military buses often use the location to pick up soldiers and airmen in transit via Frankfurt, which is one of Europe’s busiest airports.

In the aftermath of the shooting, the area was rapidly cordoned off, but the terminal continued operations. A police dog sniffed the area, searching for spent cartridges. Several bullet holes were visible in the windshield of the bus, which was eventually towed away. Two carloads of men and women who appeared to be American officials arrived, but they did not speak to reporters.

An American military official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that the United States was not ruling out terrorism, although it was unclear if the suspect was acting alone or with partners. “I don’t know if he’s tied to a group,” said the official. “But there is enough information at this point to indicate that he identifies with Islamist terrorist ideology.”

...A man whose office is near the site of the shooting, speaking on the condition of anonymity to protect his business, said witnesses told him that the gunman shouted “God is great” in Arabic before firing. Mr. Füllhardt, the police official, said he could not confirm such reports.
But we can all sleep well tonight, knowing that President Obama is vowing to find out why it happened. (Politico)
“I’m saddened, and I am outraged, by this attack that took the lives of two Americans and wounded two others,” he said in a brief statement. “I think the American people are united in expressing our gratitude for the service of those who were lost.”

Obama told reporters he and first lady Michelle Obama “are praying for a speedy recovery for those who were injured” and for those who lost loved ones. He also promised that the government would use every resource to discover “how this outrageous attack took place.”
Here's a hint, Mr. Obama, it's called "radical Islam," something you and your regime are afraid to admit.

There was a terror attack at this same airport in 1985. That, and a disco bombing were linked to Libya's Quadaffi.

Here's how a real leader took care of that situation:

Unfortunately we don't have a leader like this in the White House today. Terrorists today don't fear Obama because he only shows weakness with his endless apology tours and Muslim Outreach (ie appeasement).

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