German airport attack probe goes federal

3rd March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Federal prosecutors in Germany Thursday took over an enquiry into the fatal shooting of two US airmen, police said, indicating investigators now suspected the gunman was an Islamic extremist.

"The federal chief prosecutor has taken over the investigation," police spokesman Juergen Linker said. The federal prosecutors' office based in Karlsruhe, Germany, is responsible for "terrorist" cases.

On Wednesday a lone gunman shot dead two US airmen and seriously wounded two others as their military bus waited to take them from Frankfurt airport, one of Europe's busiest, to the nearby airbase of Ramstein, police said.

German media reports cited US and German investigators as saying that there were growing indications that the gunman arrested at the scene, a 21-year-old Muslim originally from Kosovo, was an Islamic extremist.

© 2011 AFP

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