Friday, February 10, 2012

Update: Islamic Terrorist Who Killed Two US Airmen in Frankfurt Airport Gets Life

As a follow-up to my September 1, 2011 posting, Arid Uka, 22, an Islamic extremist who admitted killing two US airmen bound for Afghanistan at Frankfurt Airport on March 2, 2011, was convicted of two counts of murder and sentenced to life in prison earlier today (February 10).

Uka was also found guilty of three counts of attempted murder and serious bodily harm for wounding two other servicemen and taking aim at a third before his pistol jammed. An ethnic Albanian from Kosovo, Uka shot and killed Senior Airman Nicholas J. Alden, 25, and Airman 1st Class Zachary R. Cuddeback, 21, as they were boarding a bus at the airport.

COMMENT: Given his admission of guilt and remorse, Uka may be eligible for parole after 15 years. Prosecutors said Uka was an example of a lone-wolf extremist who became radicalized on his own by reading and watching Jihadist propaganda on the Internet.

Uka, who worked as a temporary mail sorter at the airport, testified that he wanted to stop US service personnel from going to Afghanistan after viewing a video on Face-book that purported to show American soldiers raping a teenage Muslim girl. Unfortunately, the footage was actually clipped from a scene from the 2007 Brian De Palma anti-war film "Redacted."

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