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Arid Uka Is an Islamic Terrorist. Was That So Hard to Say?



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Arid Uka, the 21-year-old Albanian Kosovar who shouted “Allahu Akbar” in the course of shooting four — and killing two — American servicemen on a bus in Frankfurt, Germany, is an Islamic terrorist. Unless this murderer was misheard and was actually shouting “Admiral Ackbar,” that Arid Uka is an Islamic terrorist seems non-controversial, right? Not to some:

Authorities in Europe are calling the shooting at a Frankfurt, Germany, airport that claimed the lives of two U.S. servicemen an act of Islamic terrorism, though U.S. investigators said it is too soon to tell.

The suspected gunman, 21-year-old Arid Uka, who was captured immediately after Wednesday’s shooting, admitted to the deadly attack and said he acted alone, German Interior Minister Boris Rhein said today, according to a report by The Associated Press. Uka, an ethnic Albanian from Kosovo who was described as a long-time resident of Germany, had been apparently radicalized over the last few weeks, Rhein said.

Uka allegedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he opened fire on a bus carrying U.S. airmen in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, killing two and wounding two others before his gun jammed, officials said.

The U.S. has launched an FBI-led investigation into the shooting and officials told ABC News it is too soon to determine whether the attack was an act of terror and if the suspect acted alone. However, a senior U.S. intelligence official told ABC News the attack was likely terror-related.

“Likely” eh? I’d love to hear what this senior intelligence official’s alternative hypothesis is.



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