Belfast Telegraph

Friday 11 July 2014

Gunman 'wanted to kill Americans'

Police carry away a body from the scene after the two US servicemen were gunned down at Frankfurt airport(AP)

A gunman acccused of murdering two US airmen at a German airport intended to kill many more, his trial has heard.

Kosovo Albanian Arid Uka went to Frankfurt airport on March 2 with the aim of shooting US servicemen and women, prosecutor Herbert Deimer told a court in the city.

Uka is charged with two counts of murder and three of attempted murder in connection with the attack. He faces a possible life sentence.

In a confession to the court as his trial began, Uka said he had become increasingly radicalised by jihad videos online before the shooting.

He said: "What I did was wrong, but I cannot undo what I did."

He says that a video purporting to show American servicemen raping a Muslim girl had prompted him to try and stop other American soldiers from getting to Afghanistan.

The video turned out to be from a Hollywood anti-war film.

He said: "I thought what I saw in that video, these people would do in Afghanistan."

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