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U.S. military hit by a lone gunman -- again

Wednesday - 3/2/2011, 6:42pm  ET

Attack happened at normally secure airport

J.J. Green, WTOP national security correspondent


J.J. Green,

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military and government are not officially calling it terrorism, but the attack on a bus at a European airport that left two dead appears to be just that.

A German man with roots in a troubled region of Kosovo is in custody in Germany after a shooting that killed two U.S. military personnel and wounded two others at the Frankfurt International Airport. A U.S. Air Force spokeswoman confirmed that the dead were U.S. Air Force Airmen.

The shooting took place on an Air Force bus outside of terminal two at the airport. The bus was transporting a security forces team assigned to the Royal Air Force Lakenheath Base in Suffolk, U.K. to Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

Arif Uka, a 21-year-old man from Kosovo boarded the bus and asked who the occupants were and began shooting. He was reportedly heard yelling "Allahu Akhbar," before the shooting and afterward he tried to run away from the scene.

Uka is reportedly from a politically polarized province in Kosovo called Mitrovica. It's known to be a regional flashpoint along the Ibar River that physically separates Serbians and Albanians.

In November 2009, U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan allegedly went on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, that killed 13 and wounded 32.

The names of the deceased in Frankfurt are being withheld pending the notification of next of kin. The security posture at Ramstein Airbase was raised as a matter of routine protocol.

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