Obama 'saddened,' 'outraged' by Germany attack

2nd March 2011, Comments 0 comments

President Barack Obama said Wednesday he was "saddened" and "outraged" by a gunman's attack on a bus at Frankfurt airport which killed two US airmen and injured two others.

Obama, in a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room, said that the US government would "spare no effort" to find out the circumstances of the attack.

"I am saddened and outraged by this attack," Obama said.

"I think the American people are united in expressing our gratitude for the service of those who were lost," Obama said.

"Michelle and I have their family and friends in our prayers, and we are praying for a speedy recovery for those who were injured.

"We will spare no effort in learning how this outrageous act took place.

"We will be working with German authorities to ensure that all the perpetrators are brought to justice," Obama said, describing the strike against US service members abroad as a "stark reminder" of the sacrifices they made.

US military officials said that two airmen were killed and two were wounded when a gunman attacked a bus carrying US military personnel at the airport.

They said that German authorities had the alleged gunman in custody.

German officials said that the alleged gunman was a 21-year-old originally from Muslim-majority Kosovo in southeastern Europe who was living in Frankfurt.

German Ambassador to the United States Klaus Scharioth said he was "shocked and deeply saddened" to learn about the incident and said he had expressed "heartfelt sympathy" to leading US officials.

© 2011 AFP

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