Frankfurt attack was 'Afghanistan revenge': prosecutors

4th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

A suspected Islamist radical accused of shooting dead two US servicemen at Frankfurt Airport did so in revenge for the US mission in Afghanistan, German prosecutors said Friday.

The 21-year-old carried out the attack on Wednesday "because he wanted to take revenge for the US intervention in Afghanistan," federal prosecutor Rainer Griesbaum told reporters.

The suspect has said that the day before the attack he watched a video on the Internet purporting to show US atrocities in Afghanistan, Griesbaum said.

The shooter "saw a video on the Internet portal YouTube the day before the act," Griesbaum said.

"In this video, American soldiers apparently raided a Muslim house and raped the daughter of the family," he added.

"He could not get the pictures out of his head and wanted with his actions to prevent American soldiers going to Afghanistan and carrying out such acts," added the prosecutor.

© 2011 AFP

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