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Islamist shooter radicalized in Germany

Published: 03 Mar 2011 16:21 GMT+01:00

German federal prosecutors continue to piece together a profile of the man responsible for what is increasingly believed to have been a terrorist attack on US military personnel at Frankfurt Airport on Wednesday.

Born in Kosovo but raised in Frankfurt, Uka is being described by investigators as a loner who took to radical Islam over the course of just a few weeks.

Armed with a Belgian Fabrique Nationale semi-automatic pistol and a large quantity of ammunition, the ethnic Albanian attacked a bus used to transport US military personnel outside the airport terminal. He shot dead one US airman in front of the bus before also killing the driver. Two other servicemen were seriously injured.

He then fled into the terminal building before being subdued and arrested. The man admitted early on during his interrogation that he wanted to kill US soldiers. Working at the airport’s international postal centre, Uka knew his way around the facility, and likely observed the US military bus service beforehand.

Though his ultimate motive for the attack remains unknown and there were no indications he was part of a terrorist cell, it appears he had recently started calling himself a jihadist named “Abu Reyyan” on the social networking website Facebook.

Under his Islamist handle he spread jihadist hymns on YouTube online, professed hatred of Jews and Shiite Muslims and took part in violent computer games.

Within just four or five weeks, Uka is thought to have established contact to radical Islamist preachers including the Moroccan Sheik Abdellatif and German Muslim extremist Pierre Vogel.

Though his family are devout Muslims, they are not considered to be Islamist radicals.

Roland Desch, the head of the Verfassungsschutz domestic intelligence agency in the state of Hesse, said on Thursday it was still too early to call Arid U. a home-grown terrorist. But he admitted the incident was likely proof how quickly individuals can be radicalized.

“This is an attack that came from nowhere,” said Hessian Interior Minister Boris Rhein.

Investigators said that only trouble with his pistol jamming and his quick apprehension by two federal police officers and a US serviceman hindered a larger bloodbath.

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Your comments about this article

17:39 March 3, 2011 by lavica
Pandora's box is open
17:53 March 3, 2011 by Frenemy
@lavica: Explain. How is this incident significant in the grand scheme of things? Perhaps you hadn't noticed but the "pandoras box" of Islamist jihad against the West has been open for quite some time now.

Terrorism in Germany (even if perpetrated by a lone wolf) is nothing new.
18:47 March 3, 2011 by stux
It is a reference to a post on another of these articles that has since been removed. Lavica explained what happened to his country and thinks the same will happen to parts of the rest of Western Europe.
18:56 March 3, 2011 by West_Indian
In the matter of a blink, everything went. Shame! I did not get to read the latest contributions.
18:56 March 3, 2011 by Christine1
How did he get ahold of a semiautomatic weapon?
19:10 March 3, 2011 by storymann
Frenemy it sure has,,and it has intensified, incidents like this ,Ft. Hood and numerous others. We are under attack and our way of life is being threatened..when you say this openly some say you are xenophobic or reactionary.

Some people just don't get it,, Islamic jihadist are are at war with the west,trying to appease these people is only a sign of our weakness,which gives strength and further conviction to the righteousness of their purpose.
19:11 March 3, 2011 by derExDeutsche
the media has done the Public a disservice by calling every handgun or revolver a 'semiautomatic weapon'. To the public this phrase implies something about the gun is automatic. maybe that's the point?

semiautomatic means that the trigger needs to be pulled every time a round is discharged. 1 pull for 1 round.
19:33 March 3, 2011 by XFYRCHIEF
@lavica - in you earlier post on a similar subject you brought up the Native Americans....don't know what that has to do with this, but don't forget the European's actions in Africa - including Germany, and their actions in Central America, and how about the Aborigine's in Australia and Canada? Of course, there's the Gauls, the Celts, and other tribes slaughtered by the Romans...
19:44 March 3, 2011 by stux
@XFYRCHIEF - Don't forget about the Islamic Caliphate, 800 year Muslim occupation of Serbia, Al-Andulas, Egypt, Pirates of the Barbary Coast, Inca's, Aztec's, Chinese Dynastys, and many, many more.

One of the things that bothers me the most about the whole slave trade thing is, it was other Africans selling Africans to the Europeans. It is not like the Europeans were walking around Africa setting up traps. They would pull into port, fill up a boat, and leave. That was back before Africa had any other "real" resource to offer. Now they have others, but they are still just materials.

I especially liked the story of the Moriori and their offerings to the Maori.

I really do not see the point of even divulging into this, who has killed more than each other in history debate.
19:47 March 3, 2011 by toemag
Guess I missed the point, my impression was that this had more to do with an amok shooting by a misguided religiously deluded individual with no backing or support from the people who he thought he was fighting for...

My thoughts and prayers go out to those who had their lives taken, and their families and friends.

I truly hope that the Germans hand him over to the Americans to bring him to justice.

May those who were injured make a speedy and complete recovery.
19:59 March 3, 2011 by lavica
XFYRCHIEF

to repite couse you did not read well all of my post;

I don't like imperialisam in any possible way,,,and when some big powerfull country like USA put the nouse in the politic of other counties and presure them with different and extime oversteps,,,like a bombing,embargo ect

They have a srange talent to feel the crisis time in some country and use that in a best to them possible way!

About consequenes,,they don't care,,,

maybe when those kind of problems start to be theirs

thanks again STUX,,,I'm she
20:33 March 3, 2011 by Simon_Kellett
storyman: yep: you sound like a xenophobic reactionary. I am not saying there is not a problem that needs to be addressed, but is hardly a "war" or a "threat to our way of life". E.g. compare the rate that westerners kill themselves though poor diet/lack of exercise/smoking/drinking (the way of life that you feel is under threat) versus the number who die in terror attacks. And more people have died in German recently from rampaging white German kids then from terrorists.
20:36 March 3, 2011 by OkieinBerlin
Stux, spare us your "history" lessons -- it's clear that you know little about "the whole slave trade thing". As they say, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
20:39 March 3, 2011 by bartschaff
"he spread jihadist hymns on YouTube online, professed hatred of Jews and Shiite Muslims and (...)"

Is what follows in the same league as the previous two?!?!

"(...) took part in violent computer games."
20:48 March 3, 2011 by lavica
hey people,,,I have an answer,why he did that!!!

whach the link;

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001573008467&sk=wall

it was a birthday present for him self

this is his profil on facebook
20:58 March 3, 2011 by BR549
Aahhhh...he worked in the POSTAL CENTRE. There is a strong correlation between postal workers and shootings.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Going_postal
21:06 March 3, 2011 by stux
@OkieinBerlin - it was not a "history lesson", just a response to someone else bringing up the poor Native Americans, etc . .

And please tell me where I am wrong about Africans selling Africans to the White man.
21:35 March 3, 2011 by danceswithgoats
I am afraid to comment or my comments are deleted or the whole string gets deleted. "The Local" is hypersensitive to anything to do with Islam and squashes free speech. Not that there is such a thing in Europe.
21:45 March 3, 2011 by Kreuzritter
A testament to our beloved and much praised integration efforts.
22:36 March 3, 2011 by BR549
I think that any religious leader or congregation (REGARDLESS of the religion) that preaches or promotes killing anyone, should be hunted down and prosecuted or deported. If this young man was influenced by a religious group, they are as responsible as him and should be treated as such.
03:56 March 4, 2011 by stablemate
it all sounds strange....as anything that comes from germany......
08:52 March 4, 2011 by stux
The West is selling it's soul.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/8360103/Libya-and-the-LSE-Large-Arab-gifts-to-universities-lead-to-hostile-teaching.html#
08:54 March 4, 2011 by freechoice
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
10:06 March 4, 2011 by michael4096
@danceswithgoats

You are confusing speech with irresponsibility. Europe has freedom of speech.

"Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility."

Eleanor Roosevelt
10:14 March 4, 2011 by Simon_Kellett
Re my earlier comment: http://www.thelocal.de/national/20110304-33501.html
13:32 March 4, 2011 by danceswithgoats
@michael4096 - And who determines what is responsible? Other than advocating violence and shouting "fire" in a theater when there is no fire; there should be freedom of speech. Current laws and lawsuits across Europe have exposed the lie of freedom of speech in Europe. Try to have a fact based conversation about Islam and see how far you get.
14:03 March 4, 2011 by idiot
Ahh :)

I like the smell of coming restriction of freedom and total surveillance because of "islamistic terrorism".
14:07 March 4, 2011 by lavica
Most of the Islam people which come to live in Europe,don't understand "one thing";

If you come in some Europien countries to live a free life,,,thats don't mean to not respect our culture,politic,ethic,morality,,ect

If you think that you can come with your own hebits and continue to live here on your way,,,you are wrong!

Why,,,for example;

becouse when we come just to visit your countries,we must follow the strict rules in any field of life,,or you will kick us out or put in the jail!

Am I right?!!

Respect the country in which you live and follow the rules,,and you will not have a problem with adaptation
14:43 March 4, 2011 by idiot
Which rules for example?
14:53 March 4, 2011 by Frenemy
I think Lavica means the cultural and legal "rules" in the West such as: send your kids to school (yes, girls too); no "honor killings"; no undertaking of "lesser jihad"; women are not property; etc, etc, etc...
15:26 March 4, 2011 by idiot
Sounds like all moslem immigrants stupid, jihad rapist and killers.

Wonderful and easy world.
16:00 March 4, 2011 by michael4096
@danceswithgoats - "And who determines what is responsible?"

Well, on The Local's web site, The Local does. And, if it allows things that are considered irresponsible by the authorities they make their feelings plain also. There are rules in every country about what is irresponsible - yes, even in yours! You may or may not agree with a country's details but the rules are the same.

Take idiot's comment above (though it may be removed by the time you read this), is that a responsible comment? Idiotic, certainly! And, one could say that nobody could possibly take it seriously. But people do take things seriously and comments like that can inflame things directly or, perhaps more insidiously, with a constant barrage of such hate, convince someone they want 'revenge'.

Never happen? Just did! Isn't that what the article was about?
16:14 March 4, 2011 by idiot
> Take idiot's comment above (though it may be removed by the time you read this), is that a responsible comment?

Oh snap ! I forgot the sarcasm tags !

Ich warte jetzt gespannt auf deine Reaktion, hoffentlich ist wieder Fekaliensprache im Spiel wie beim letzten mal :D
16:41 March 4, 2011 by Surferjoe
A more modern interpretation of the phrase "Made In Germany". Maybe terrorism will also become an export success story.
16:58 March 4, 2011 by michael4096
"Oh snap ! I forgot the sarcasm tags !"

I know. I didn't need them - but, I wasn't talking about me.
17:12 March 4, 2011 by idiot
> Maybe terrorism will also become an export success story.

No, this is called CIA and an american export story.
03:49 March 5, 2011 by Karim Algeria
COULD HE ALSO BE PART OF Baader-Meinhof or Brigade Rossa or other Christian Terrorist groups? After all during Nazism, some Muslims sided with Hitler and were part of the SS, sounds like a déjà-Vu.
04:26 March 5, 2011 by agt007
I think the scariest part of this story is how quickly this guy becamed a radical willing to kill innocent people and ruin his own life....it's so illogical and you can't protect society against this kind of behavior.....
11:15 March 6, 2011 by germanislamicsociety
Many Germans did not know that Muslims believe in the Torah, New Testament, and Jesus. For Muslims, Jesus is a prophet. Muslims also believe there is a holy book provided further, that the Koran, and the last prophet is Muhammad.

Muslims in Germany not only helped the Germans to understand Islam, but also explained that Germany and German life for Muslims to Muslim brothers in other countries.

"They (Muslims in other countries) think, 'Oh, the Germans, they just want our oil, only that',". Muslims in other countries was surprised to learn so much freedom and economic opportunity that felt his brothers in Germany.

Direct dialogue and asking questions to the Islamic community without the tendency to blame it would be better to open up an understanding. If you meet a Muslim, ask and do not suspect.

I invite you. Every time you want, come and sit with us at the mosque, and see how we pray. Please come.
21:47 March 6, 2011 by swingCrew
it all adds up pretty well, to happen so fast, he had to have been suffering from some sort of emotional disorder, looks like a normal guy you know.
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