Gunman 'wanted to kill Americans'
Published 31/08/2011 | 10:52
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."