Arid Uka, Frankfurt airport suspect, goes on trial Wednesday


Shots have reportedly been fired outside Frankfurt airport at a bus carrying U.S. soldiers and two people killed, with reports are emerging that the victims were part of the American military.


Pierre Verdy

The trial of Arid Uka, the man accused in the shooting of two U.S. airmen at Frankfurt airport, begins Wednesday.

Uka, a 21-year-old Kosovo Albanian, goes on trial for allegedly gunning down the airmen outside the airport on March 2. The young man, who is charged with two counts of murder and three of attempted murder, was allegedly inspired by online jihad videos, the Associated Press reports.

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"The March 2 attack drove home worries about the increasing danger of the 'lone wolf' terrorist – individuals who are self-radicalized, unaffiliated with any organization, and don't show up on authorities' radar until they strike," it states.

Uka is accused of opening fire on U.S. airmen on their way to Afghanistan. Two died and two were wounded, the Daily Star reports. He faces a possible sentence of life imprisonment.

Uka was apprehended by authorities at the scene of the shooting and then gave a confession. His lawyer, Jens Joerg Hoffmann, said the best chance his client has is having an early release after he serves 15 years.

The Frankfurt attack was the first by a suspected Islamist terrorist that was successful.

AP reports that some of the U.S. airmen are expected to testify at the trial.