American Soldier Shot at Frankfurt Airport

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Frankfurt airport shooting: Two dead and two injured

BBC News - Frankfurt airport shooting: Two dead and two injured

Two people have died after a gunman opened fire on a bus carrying American soldiers at Frankfurt airport, police say.

The driver of the bus and a US soldier were reportedly killed, while two others were seriously injured.

A 21-year-old suspect from Kosovo is said to have been arrested after the shooting in front of Terminal 2 at Europe's second-biggest airport.

Police have told German media it is not clear if it was a terrorist attack.

Police spokesman Jurgen Linker told Germany's Die Welt newspaper that the incident seemed to have taken place inside the bus.

The BBC's Stephen Evans in Berlin says the airport is not far from Ramstein Air Base, the US Air Force's headquarters in Europe.

Four Islamists were convicted in March last year in Germany for plotting to bomb targets including Ramstein Air Base.
Not a nice development in the fatherland.
 
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Saw the report on the evening news. The perpetrators motives are not yet known. He is currently "helping the GCP with their enquiries".

Although you say it is not a nice development in the Fatherland, it is not exactly new. Terrorists, criminals and various oddballs have been taking pot shots at US personnel and planting bombs in their barracks for as long as I care to think back. As an aside Frankfurt was until about 10 years ago Uncle Sams Gateway to Europe or at least that is what a large sign above the main gate proclaimed.
 

Command_doh

LE
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Police have told German media it is not clear if it was a terrorist attack.
Like there is any other possible motive? Unless his Sister was 'tapped' by a Yank on tour about 15 years ago. Or his Mum.

I regularly see Septics travelling in full uniform or with jar-head haircuts, or issued camelbak backpacker. Sometimes all of the above. I commented to an oppo that they never quite grasped the concept of travelling incognito unlike we did during N.Ireland. That said, loads of our Officers travel business class in uniform, usually having some crow to pick them up at the airport. Knowing the kind of people who hang around airports, it wouldn't be too hard for someone to hose a few of our lot down. I'm rather surprised it hasn't happened already.
 
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Thats gratitude for you, NATO helps set up an independant Kosovo and this is the thanks in reply. Now with a bit of crude profiling I'll guess at the religon........

May be wrong but the Serbs dont have form.
 
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News media in the US are saying the killed and wounded were all USAF, not USA. Also, the reports say the personnel involved were based at Lakkenheath AFB in the UK.
 
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Thats gratitude for you, NATO helps set up an independant Kosovo and this is the thanks in reply. Now with a bit of crude profiling I'll guess at the religon........

May be wrong but the Serbs dont have form.
Except in the case of Jill Dando.

Right, where's my tinfoil hat?
 
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ABC News in the US says the shooter was Arif Uka, a Kosovo citizen from thetown of Mitrovica,

USAF has put a 24 hour embargo about identification of names or ranks of the USAF personnel killed and wounded.
 
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To think that some 7 or so years ago that was the greater part of my work - carting US servicemembers from their base areas to and from the airport at Frankfurt. So, if they are using Terminal 2 that must mean the old Frankfurt AFB (on the other side of the runways) has finally closed down. I do recall that in 2003 it was probably easier to get into a nun's pussy than into Frankfurt AFB!

So, what's with the air terminal in Ramstein AFB these days? Construction was almost complete in early 2004 and, up to a point, it was already in use as such.

Also intriguing is that these guys are allegedly from Lakenheath, which, like Ramstein, also has a runway! Is the USAF so short of its own troop lift capability?
 
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To think that some 7 or so years ago that was the greater part of my work - carting US servicemembers from their base areas to and from the airport at Frankfurt. So, if they are using Terminal 2 that must mean the old Frankfurt AFB (on the other side of the runways) has finally closed down. I do recall that in 2003 it was probably easier to get into a nun's pussy than into Frankfurt AFB!

So, what's with the air terminal in Ramstein AFB these days? Construction was almost complete in early 2004 and, up to a point, it was already in use as such.

Also intriguing is that these guys are allegedly from Lakenheath, which, like Ramstein, also has a runway! Is the USAF so short of its own troop lift capability?
I'm not sure if that is the case today but when I was in I traveled to Korea on civilian transport instead of military, even when I took Space A at Osan it was still a civilian jet.

I can only speculate that it may have to do with military aircraft flying over various countries vs civilian flights for international travel?
 
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One of the airmen killed has been officially named.After this incident the use of civilian aircraft by military personnel may be reviewed or at the very least provide armed security.The military used to charter flights from the east coast to Rhine Main which would be secure.For Pacific travel the flights leave Travis AFB and land at various air bases in the Pacific ending at an airbase in Japan.Those going to Korea would switch aircraft.

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 173-11
March 03, 2011


DOD Identifies Air Force Casualty


The Department of Defense announced today the death of an airman who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Senior Airman Nicholas J. Alden, 25, of Williamston, S.C., died as a result of the March 2 shooting at Frankfurt Airport, Germany. He was assigned to the 48th Security Forces Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom.

For more information, media may contact the Royal Air Force Lakenheath (48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs) at +44 1638-522151, or U.S. Air Forces Europe Public Affairs at +49 637-1476558 or by e-mail at usafe.pao@ramstein.af.mil.
 
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I'm not sure if that is the case today but when I was in I traveled to Korea on civilian transport instead of military, even when I took Space A at Osan it was still a civilian jet.

I can only speculate that it may have to do with military aircraft flying over various countries vs civilian flights for international travel?
When I went down to Panama to keep an eye on the Canal and to keep those pesky Cubans out I went incognito dressed as a Septic tourist and flew ATA, a known leisuire airline with many flights to Carribbean destinations daily, etc. from Atlanta Int'l Airport. My luggage consisting of matched duffle bags probably gave the game away though. ;-)





R.I.P. to the airmen. Let justice be done swiftly to the terrorist. If it had been me though I would have not waited for the German cops and would have settled the business with Mr. "Allahu Akhbar" personally. At least that's what I would have done if the nutjob had just tried to kill me by pointing a pistol at my head and the only reason he didn't was because the pistol misfired. Just sayin.
 
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Frankfurt attack was 'Afghanistan revenge' - Yahoo! News



Mmmm... Was it right to bomb Yugoslavia and occupy Kosovo to be "thanked" this way?
I try not to use the following language on the 'serious bit' of arrse, but you really are being a total c u n t now!

Yugoslavia didnt exist when Nato bombed SERBIA, you fcuking moron, and Kosovo occupied? yes indeed to stop your cyrilic writing cousins from slaughtering thousands more civilians.

It may be perfectly OK in your mind Sergey to slaughter and rape your enemies especially the civvies who cant fight back, But having seen what the Serb filth have done in Bosnia (and I call them filth because they arent even worthy of being called animals), I think NATO was ****ing lenient, I would have nuked Pale and Belgrade and wherever else the filth were hiding, and thats not a joke. Had I had power over the 'button' what I would have done to Serbia would have made Chernobyl look like a minor inconvenience.
 
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Thats gratitude for you, NATO helps set up an independant Kosovo and this is the thanks in reply. Now with a bit of crude profiling I'll guess at the religon........

May be wrong but the Serbs dont have form.
You have to remember that Kosovans when not invilved in acts of terrorism are likely to be involved in human and narcotic smuggling,selling under age girls into the sex trade and making fraudulent benefit claims.Not the most pleasant of people and certainly not worth the Americans or anyone else risking their lives to prevent brother Serb wiping them out.
 

Command_doh

LE
Book Reviewer
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Frankfurt attack was 'Afghanistan revenge' - Yahoo! News



Mmmm... Was it right to bomb Yugoslavia and occupy Kosovo to be "thanked" this way?
Why are you casting generic statements around? What possible relevance does one instance of terrorism have when compared to an entire conflict? None at all, you gibbering lunatic.

Does the fact that multiple news sources reporting eyewitness accounts of the chap involved shouting 'allahu ackbar' and 'god is great' (in english) not give you a subtle hint that he was either demented or having his own personal jihad?

Please explain to me what individual fundamentalism and personal choices has to do with oppression of a populace and human rights violations?
 

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