Frankfurt Shootings

The bus that was attacked. Two servicemembers were killed and two more wounded yesterday when a gunman opened fire. On the afternoon of March 2, two U.S. airmen were shot and killed – not in a war zone – but just outside of Frankfurt International Airport. They were sitting in a bus when the attack began. Their killer – a 21 year old devout Muslim Albanian named Arif Uka reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” or “God is Great,” while shooting into the bus and afterwards during his arrest. Our readers may remember that these were also the last words of Nidal Malik Hasan, who killed or wounded 43 Americans at Fort Hood, and the hijackers of Flight 93.

Boris Rhein, an interior minister for Hesse state, said “Whether the incident was linked to terrorism, I cannot say at this stage.” While it is still unclear whether or not the gunman was working on his own or even if he was a German citizen, President Obama has promised that both Germany and America will do everything possible to ensure that “all of the perpetrators are brought to justice.” Given that the United States currently stations over 50,000 troops in Germany and terrorists have previously threatened Ramstein Air Base (which is just outside of Frankfurt), the Review hopes that the incident was isolated – or that the investigation will be swift.

–J.P. Harrington