Albanian Charged With Killing 2 Americans at German Airport

July 7, 2011 - 8:26 AM

BERLIN (AP) - German federal prosecutors say they have filed murder charges against a 21-year-old Kosovo Albanian in the slaying of two U.S. airmen outside the Frankfurt airport.

Prosecutors said in a statement Thursday that Arid Uka was charged with two counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder in connection with the March 2 attack. If convicted, he faces a possible life sentence.

They allege Uka is a radical Muslim who wanted to kill American soldiers because of the U.S. involvement in Afghanistan.

They say he was inspired by jihad propaganda videos that he saw on the Internet but that their investigation has not turned up any connections with a terrorist organization.

Uka was captured at the airport and has been in custody since the incident. No date was given for a trial.