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American Soldiers Killed In Germany

 

Developing: Sky News is reporting that two American soldiers have been shot dead at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany.  Conflicting reports from other sources indicate one or two other people were seriously injured in the attack.

Shots were apparently fired at a bus carrying U.S. soldiers near a terminal at the airport, which is one of the largest in Europe, and is often used for transportation to the Afghanistan and Iraqi theaters. 

Sky News states that “a 21-year old suspect from Kosovo” is in custody.

Update: The BBC is now reporting that the bus driver and one U.S. soldier were killed, while two others were injured.  The UK Guardian believes both of the injured are soldiers.  

The BBC report mentions that “four Islamists were convicted in March last year in Germany for plotting to bomb targets including Ramstein Air Base,” which is not far from Frankfurt Airport.

Update: The Associated Press confirms that both of the dead are U.S. military personnel, specifically from the Air Force.  

Update: It’s second-hand testimony, but the New York Times reports that witnesses claim “the gunman first talked to the military personnel to find out who they were and then opened fire, shouting ‘God is great’ in Arabic.”  The Arabic phrase they’re tap dancing around has become all too familiar to American ears: “Allahu akbar.”  In other words, the shooter is evidently a jihadist.

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