An Albanian man was indicted Tuesday by a New York court for attacking and killing U.S. Air Force (USAF) personnel boarding a U.S. military bus in Frankfurt, Germany last March.
A criminal complaint charges 21-year-old Arid Uka with murdering and attempting to murder officers of the U.S. Government, using a firearm during a crime of violence resulting in death and committing a violent act at an international civil airport resulting in the death of others.
Prosecutors allege that Uka approached the bus parked at Frankfurt International Airport on March 2nd, shooting and killing USAF member Nicholas Aden as he tried to board. Uka then boarded the bus, shooting and killing the driver, USAF member Zachary Cuddeback.
After killing Cuddeback, Uka shouted "Allahu Akbar," which means "God is great" in Arabic, and opened fire, shooting and injuring two other USAF members aboard. Uka continued shooting until he ran out of ammunition, and then fled from the bus. Shortly afterwards, German authorities arrested him in the airport terminal.
German investigators claim that Uka carried out the attack to avenge U.S. military action in Afghanistan. Uka is currently in custody in Germany, where he faces charges for murder.
The U.S. hopes to have him extradited to face the charges.