Disbelief in Kosovo over Frankfurt airport attack
Relatives of the alleged Kosovar gunman who killed two US soldiers in an attack in Frankfurt on Thursday said they were astonished about his reported extremist views.
"He himself only knows what he has done. I would never believe that he could do something like that," the suspect's grandfather, Avdullah Bejta, an imam in Mitrovica told Kosovo radio.
The killing of two US airmen "has touched all of us in the heart," he said, stressing that "the Muslim religion does not preach killing and violence."
Reports quoted witnesses as saying that the gunman, identified by police sources here as Arid Aku, cried "Allahu Akhbar" ("God is Greatest") before opening fire in the bus at one of Europe's busiest airports.
In Kosovo analysts said the suspect, born and raised in Germany according to Kosovo media, was not a product of Kosovo's fiercely nationalist but moderately Muslim society.
"He is not a product of the Kosovo society. If he was an extremist he took that identity there, where he was born and has lived, and not here," religious expert Isa Ukella told AFP.
According to Ukella in this society "the national identity dominates over the religious one."
Kosovo declared independence from former rulers Serbia in 2008 and has since been lobbying to increase international recognition of its status. It has been recognised by 75 nations including a majority of European Union countries and the United States.
© 2011 AFP