German security unchanged after shooting: minister

3rd March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Germany's interior minister said Thursday he saw no need at present to boost security measures after two US airmen were shot dead at Frankfurt airport by a suspected Islamist.

"Investigations have produced so far no leads that would necessitate ordering a boost of police presence across the whole country," Hans-Peter Friedrich told reporters a day after Wednesday's shooting.

"The investigations are proceeding however at full speed."

The suspect of Kosovan origin, named in media reports as Arid U., also left two US airmen seriously injured as he opened fire in the midafternoon attack at one of Europe's busiest airports. He was arrested in the terminal building.

Federal prosecutors, who in Germany are responsible for "terrorism" cases and who took over the investigation on Thursday, said earlier that there was reason to believe the attack had an "Islamist motivation."

Police have said they believed he was acting alone.

The incident came a month after Germany's authorities had announced that additional security measures imposed late last year in response to indications of an imminent "terrorist" attack were set to be gradually scaled back.

A "saddened and outraged" US President Barack Obama said Washington would "spare no effort in learning how this outrageous act took place," while Chancellor Angela Merkel promised Germany would "do all it can."

© 2011 AFP

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