2 US soldiers killed in shooting attack in Germany

Gunman opens fire in US Army bus; 2 dead, 2 injured in attack; 21-year-old from Kosovo arrested; not known if attack linked to terrorism.

March 2, 2011 18:27
Police near US military bus in Frankfurt, Germany

Germany US Attack 311 Reuters. (photo credit: REUTERS)

FRANKFURT - A gunman shot dead two US soldiers and injured two people seriously in a US Army bus at Frankfurt airport on Wednesday, said Boris Rhein, interior minister for the state of Hesse.

The gunman was apparently a Kosovo national, he said.

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Security around the airport has been tightened and an investigation is under way, Rhein said.

"Whether the incident was linked to terrorism I cannot say at this stage," he told journalists.

A spokesman for Frankfurt airport said the shooting took place in a U.S Army bus in front of Terminal 2.

Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaking in Berlin, confirmed the deaths.

"We don't know the details but I would like to express how upset I am. We have to do everything we can to find out what happened," she told a joint news conference with Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates.

The US Army and Air Force and German police at the airport were not immediately available for comment.

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