By CNN Wire Staff, March 2, 2011, on CNN website
A 21-year-old man from Kosovo is in custody after two U.S. airmen were killed and two others were wounded Wednesday in a shooting incident on a U.S. military bus at Germany's Frankfurt Airport, authorities said.
The suspect is named Arid Uka, from the northern town of Mitrovica, Kosovo's interior minister, Bajram Rexhepi, told CNN, citing the U.S. Embassy in Pristina as his source.
Uka approached the bus, which was parked outside Terminal 2 and was clearly marked as a U.S. military vehicle, German police said. He first engaged U.S. military members in a conversation, then pulled out a handgun and began firing -- first outside the bus and then inside the bus, police said.
He then fled, making it into the terminal, where he was taken into custody by German federal police, according to police.
Uka has passports from Germany and from Yugoslavia, the latter of which was issued prior to Kosovo's declaration of independence from Serbia in 2008, Rexhepi said. Officials were running a background check on Uka, who lives in Germany, for possible terrorist links, he said.
"It's either a terrorist act or he's crazy," Rexhepi said. "There cannot be any other reason."