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Two US airmen are shot dead by attacker

By Tony Paterson in Berlin

A Kosovan gunman shot dead two US Air Force personnel and seriously wounded two others when he opened fire in a bus at Frankfurt airport yesterday in one of the most serious attacks on the American military in Germany in decades.

Police said the gunman, who was apparently armed with a pistol, stormed the military transport bus and opened fire at about 3pm local time. The driver had stopped to pick up arriving personnel outside the international airport's terminal two building.

The US Air Force bus driver and an airman were killed instantly. Two other airmen were said to have been seriously wounded in the attack. The gunman fled into the terminal building but police gave chase and arrested him minutes later.

Police said the gunman had identified himself as a Kosovo Albanian during initial questioning. The motive for the attack was not immediately clear.

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