Frankfurt shooter's gun jammed: prosecutor

4th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

A suspected Islamist radical accused of shooting dead two US servicemen at Frankfurt Airport could have caused further bloodshed if his weapon had not jammed, prosecutors said on Friday.

The 21-year-old shot a US airman in the back of the head on Wednesday after asking him for a cigarette outside their bus and asking if he was being deployed to Afghanistan, federal prosecutor Rainer Griesbaum said.

Boarding the bus, he cried "Allahu Akhbar" ("God is Greatest") and shot the driver in the head, killing him. He subsequently shot two others, seriously wounding them.

He then went up to a 22-year-old serviceman, "lifted his pistol to his head and pulled the trigger twice to kill this soldier," Griesbaum told reporters.

"However, no shots were fired because the barrel of the weapon jammed and this soldier was not injured," added Griesbaum.

The man then fled into the terminal building, but the serviceman whom he had just tried to kill seconds before followed him and apprehended him with help of German police.

His motivation was revenge for the US intervention in Afghanistan, Griesbaum said, with the suspect telling investigators that a day earlier he had seen a video on the Internet showing purported US atrocities there.

© 2011 AFP

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