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Germany Jails Kosovar For Life Over U.S. Airmen Murder


Arid Uka (right) arrives with his lawyer for sentencing during his trial at the higher regional court in Frankfurt.

Arid Uka (right) arrives with his lawyer for sentencing during his trial at the higher regional court in Frankfurt.

A court in the German city of Frankfurt has sentenced an ethnic Albanian man from Kosovo to life in prison for killing two U.S. soldiers and wounding two others in a gun attack at the Frankfurt airport in March 2011.

Arid Uka, a 22-year-old who was raised in Germany, has confessed to the attack on the U.S. airmen and said he acted after seeing a video allegedly showing U.S. soldiers raping Muslim women.

Judge Thomas Sagebiel, reading the sentence out to the court in Frankfurt, cited aggravating circumstances in the case, which is likely to prevent Uka from being released early after serving 15 years.

Compiled from agency reports
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