Incident Summary:

03/02/2011: A Kosovar gunman identified as Arid Uka, 21, opened fire on United States Air Force personnel boarding a bus outside Frankfurt International Airport, in Frankfurt, Germany. Two airmen were killed and two others were wounded in the attack. Uka, who was employed at the airport and said he acted on his own, was detained at the scene. He confessed to the attack and was sentenced to life in prison in February 2012.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Outside Frankfurt International Airport

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Air Force
Specific Description Air Force personnel boarding a bus
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
A pistol was used in the attack
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information Victims killed were Senior Airman Nicholas J. Alden, 25, from South Carolina, and Airman First Class Zachary R. Cuddeback, 21, from Virginia.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jihadi-inspired extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 2
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 2
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Suspect in fatal shooting of 2 U.S. airmen allegedly confesses to authorities," The Washington Post, March 3, 2011.
"Man Gets Life Term for Killing 2 U.S. Airmen in Germany," The New York Times, February 10, 2012.