The suspect in the killing of two American airmen on a bus at the Frankfort airport may have extensive ties to other jihadist groups in Germany and authorities fear other attacks on Americans may have been planned.
On Wednesday, the Associated Press and the news network CNN both identified the attacker as a 21-year-old Kosovar man called Arid U., citing information from Kosovo's interior minister, Bajram Rexhepi. The suspect reportedly comes from the city of Mitrovica in northern Kosovo and lived in Frankfurt.
According to Arid U.'s family in Mitrovica, the young man was a practicing Muslim. His uncle said that Arid U. worked at Frankfurt Airport. Investigators believe he may have previously observed US soldiers being transported from the airport to become familiar with the army's procedures.
SPIEGEL ONLINE has learned from sources in German security forces and from the US authorities that there is now substantial evidence linking the attacker to Islamist groups in Germany. In the US, there are fears that the man could be part of a terrorist cell which may now be planning further attacks on American targets in Germany. Sources in the Pentagon expressed great concern about the incident.
On Thursday morning, Germany's Federal Prosecutor General, the country's highest investigative authority, took over the investigation. The office is responsible for terrorist attacks, meaning that there is no longer any doubt that the authorities suspect a terrorist motive behind the incident.
I wonder if Obama got the memo? He commented yesterday on not getting involved in the NFL labor strife, but he apparently didn't have the time to say anything about two Americans murdered by a terrorist?
Maybe he's waiting for "all the facts" before telling us America just suffered another terrorist attack by extremist Muslims on his watch.