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Frankfurt shooting suspect admits killing US airmen, says he regrets his crimes as trial opens
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) ' A 21-year-old Kosovo Albanian says he killed two U.S. airmen at the Frankfurt airport on March 2 and wounded two others, but insists he doesn't understand why he committed the crime.
In an emotional confession to the court as his murder trial began Wednesday, Arid Uka said he had become increasingly radicalized by jihad videos online before the shooting.
He told the court that "what I did was wrong, but I cannot undo what I did."
He says that a video purporting to show American servicemen raping a Muslim girl had prompted him to try and stop other American soldiers from getting to Afghanistan.
The video turned out to be from a Hollywood anti-war film.
He says :"I thought what I saw in that video, these people would do in Afghanistan."
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) ' Prosecutors say a 21-year-old Kosovo Albanian charged with gunning down two U.S. airmen in at Frankfurt airport intended to kill a large number of Americans.
Prosecutor Herbert Deimer told the court at the opening of the trial Wednesday that Arid Uka went to the aiport on March 2 with the aim of shooting U.S. servicemen and women.
Uka is charged with two counts of murder and three of attempted murder in connection with the attack. He faces a possible life sentence.