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SC mother: Son was 1 of airmen killed in Frankfurt

Mar 3, 2011 5:38:00 PM - thestate.com
The two U.S. airmen slain by a gunman at an airport in Germany died in a "senseless act of terrorism," the mother of one of the men said Thursday.

"I'm very angry right now," Cathy Garner told The Associated Press from her home in Iva., S.C. "I'm angry because this 21-year-old boy has grown up in such a fanatic way he thinks he has the right to take the life of my son who is 25, and who just has a family going, and whose family loves him very much."

Nick Alden, 25, was killed Wednesday at Frankfurt airport. The suspect opened fire on a U.S. Air Force bus carrying 15 airmen based in the Lakenheath airfield in eastern England from Frankfurt to Ramstein Air Base, the Air Force said. From there, the airmen were to deploy to Afghanistan.

Authorities said the suspect is a 21-year-old ethnic Albanian from Kosovo who has confessed to targeting American military. Relatives in northern Kosovo named him as Arid Uka and said his family has been living in Germany for 40 years.

Uka's family said he worked at Frankfurt airport and was a devout Muslim. He was taken into custody immediately after the shooting.

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