04 Mar '11, 6pm

Germany attack was 'Afghanistan revenge'

Germany attack was 'Afghanistan revenge'

BERLIN : German prosecutors said Friday a suspected Islamic radical shot dead two US airmen to avenge alleged atrocities in Afghanistan, and that more deaths were only prevented because his gun jammed. "The accused only attacked the soldiers because he thought members of the US armed forces had committed serious crimes in Afghanistan," said Rainer Griesbaum, head of the counter-terrorism unit at the federal prosecutors' office. The 21-year-old told investigators the trigger for Wednesday's attack was seeing a video the day before on the Internet that he claimed showed US troops "ransacking a Muslim house and raping the family's daughter," Griesbaum said. "He said he could not get the pictures out of his head and wanted to prevent American soldiers going to Afghanistan and carrying out such acts," added the prosecutor. The suspect, originally from Muslim-majority Kosovo but...

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