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October 26, 2020

Kosovo man admits Frankfurt airport Islamist attack

BERLIN – A Kosovo man has told a German court he shot dead two American servicemen at Frankfurt airport but said he did not understand why he had acted as he did, according to the BBC. Arid Uka, 21, told the court he was radicalised by jihadist propaganda videos he watched online.

Prosecutors believe he acted alone in carrying out the first deadly Islamist attack on German soil. As well as the two dead, two other US airmen were seriously injured in the attack in March. “What I did was wrong, but I cannot undo what I did,” Uka told the court in Frankfurt at the opening of his trial.

Prosecutors said Uka wanted to kill the soldiers because they were going to join the NATO-led force in Afghanistan. Uka said he carried out the attack after watching a video purporting to show US servicemen raping a Muslim girl in Iraq.

In fact, the video was a scene from Brian De Palma’s anti-war film, Redacted. “I thought what I saw in that video, these people would do in Afghanistan,” Uka said. “I killed two people and opened fire on three others. Today I can’t understand myself how I could have acted this way,” he said. He had no known contact with Islamist groups, prosecutors say.

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