MANHATTAN (CN) – Federal prosecutors on Tuesday charged a 21-year-old man with murdering and attempting to murder U.S. servicemen in Germany. Arid Uka is in jail in Germany for the March 2 attack on a bus parked at Frankfurt International Airport.
Uka is charged with shooting to death Nicholas Alden and Zachary Ryan Cuddeback, both of the U.S. Air Force, and with attempting to murder other members of the Air Force who were on the bus.
The United States wants Uka extradited to face trial here. Quoting “Witness 3,” a New York City Police Detective says Uka said that as Uka walked down the aisle of the bus, shooting he “recite(d) a phrase that sounded like ‘Halla Akbar.’ Based on my training and experience, I know that ‘Allahu Akbar’ is an Arabic expression that means ‘God is great.'”
Somewhat ironically, according to the detective’s statement, Uka then pointed the gun at Witness 3 and pulled the trigger twice, repeating the “God is great” phrase both times, but the gun did not fire; it had jammed.
Det. John Darino, who signed the request for an arrest warrant, is a member of the NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force.