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US military identifies airmen killed at airport

The Local · 4 Mar 2011, 08:17

Published: 04 Mar 2011 08:17 GMT+01:00

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A lone gunman shot the airmen dead and seriously wounded two others on Wednesday as their military bus waited to take them from Frankfurt Airport to the nearby airbase of Ramstein, police said.

The US Air Force identified the late servicemen as Senior Airman Nicholas Alden, 25, of Williamston, South Carolina, and Airman First Class Zachary Cuddeback, 21, of Stanardsville, Virginia.

The military had waited to reveal their identities until their closest relatives were notified.

Alden was assigned to the 48th Security Forces Squadron at RAF Lakenheath in Britain, while Cuddeback was assigned to the 86th Vehicle Readiness Squadron at Germany's Ramstein Air Base.

German authorities said they suspected the 21-year-old man arrested over the fatal shooting, Arid Uka, was in fact a fanatic extremist, but played down fears he was part of a cell.

In what appears to have been the first Islamist "terror" attack on German soil, he also injured two other US airmen. One of them was reportedly shot in the head and was fighting for his life on Thursday in a Frankfurt hospital. The other was also in intensive care.

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The US military has around 50,000 personnel in Germany at a number of major bases, including Ramstein where the bus was headed, that serve as hubs for operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.


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09:33 March 4, 2011 by Bravo2
I pray for the families of those young men serving their country honorably. And I hope Germany gives the little insignificant coward who did this a real life sentence where he can rot in his own jihadist filth.
09:42 March 4, 2011 by freechoice
what about americans going on rampage shooting americans in america? who is praying for them?
12:53 March 4, 2011 by marimay
Hey bravo... maybe he can go rot in his "own jihadist filth", but to pretend those in the army are off to do anything better is sad. Onward christian soldier...
12:56 March 4, 2011 by sciencegeek
Who is praying for them, freechoice? Their own countrymen or Christians worldwide. Why does nationality matter?
13:45 March 4, 2011 by idiot
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23:43 March 4, 2011 by fryintl
Idiot: You are quite a case, wha tis your nationality?

Marimay: We fix little kids after we shoot them by accident. We do not send kids in front of bullets so we have great TV spots on CNN and other socialist anti-american media. I hav epersonnally given fresh water to kids in need of it. I have moved food to feed, and when we were sending tons of free food to the starving, we actually had to separate all pork products from our shipments so that we did not offend the local muslims we were feeding, whoelse does that you crazy idiot?

At this moment, religion is only peripherally the issue. There are people with issues that use the religion as a stronghold over people, or aginst them. Do not fool yourself, Christian, Muslim, Catholic/.protestant, Jew/Arab, COnservative/Liberal, Communist/Democracy, put a name to it, and you ahve the makings of a great bomb in the hands of studied propagandists.

DOn't fall for the labels, look for the whys, the reasons and the end goals. There you will find the truth. And I sure as hell don't know what thetruth is but it isn't necessarily what we are reading and seeing on CNN or the BBC.

As for Americans shooting Americans in the US? Hey, if everyone had guns and knew how to use them, you would see fewer and fewer deaths as people had the right or obligation to protect society. Right now we have 10,000 policemen tin LAPD, and Newyork, with less miles to cover have twice that. We let in gangs of Illegals (undocumented to those liberals) and they will kill you as soon as look at you-not all, but enough.

How many deaths are acceptable? 1, 2, 10,000 a year? Hey as long as we only go up to the limit, we call it acceptable risk-lets see how it is when it is your son, daughter, mom, dad, etc....acceptable to whom? When we lost the ability to talk about God, to assign blame and punish people, when we lost God in our lives, we gained more pain and destruction. Decadence has a price. When the US was formed, there were limits. NOw, we are told it is not the person's fault, they had a bad marriage, or experience when little. When do we overlook the reaons for the crime adn just punish the crime/
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