March 3, 2011

The gunman who shot dead two U.S. airmen in a U.S. Army bus at Frankfurt airport on Wednesday was probably a lone operator motivated by radical Islamist beliefs, German authorities said Thursday.

German media had reported the man could be part of a terrorist cell, raising the potential threat of further attacks on U.S. targets in Germany.

“He is a lone perpetrator according to our investigations so far,” said Hesse Interior Minister Boris Rhein, adding there were no signs he belonged to a terrorist group. “There are reasons to believe that he is a radical Muslim.”

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