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Police surround a bus carrying U.S. soldiers at the site where two US soldiers have been killed in a shooting in front of Terminal 2 of the Frankfurt airport, Germany, Wednesday, March 2, 2011. (AP Photo/dapd, Alexander Becher) Police surround a bus carrying U.S. soldiers at the site where two US soldiers have been killed in a shooting in front of Terminal 2 of the Frankfurt airport, Germany, Wednesday, March 2, 2011. (AP Photo/dapd, Alexander Becher)

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German authorities say a 21-year-old man from Kosovo is in custody, in the shooting attack on a bus carrying U.S. airmen outside the airport in Frankfurt.

Two Americans were killed and two others were wounded before the suspect was taken into custody.

Frankfurt police say the bus was sitting outside a terminal when the attack took place, leaving the driver and a passenger dead and another person with serious injuries. They say the attacker briefly entered the bus, and was caught when he tried to escape.

The Air Force says all four victims were airmen stationed at a base in Britain. It's home to the only F-15 fighter wing in Europe.

A German news agency quotes a security official as saying there are no indications of a terrorist attack.

But a member of the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee, Patrick Meehan, says that's what it looks like.

President Barack Obama is promising to "spare no effort" in investigating the slayings.

THIS IS A STORY UPDATE. Read AP's earlier story below.

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany will do "everything possible" in its investigation of the shooting of American servicemen on a bus outside Frankfurt airport.

Merkel told reporters in Berlin that she condemned the "terrible incident" at the airport Wednesday afternoon during which a man opened fire on a bus carrying American military personnel, killing two people and wounding two.

Kosovo Interior Minister Bajram Rexhepi says German police have identified the suspect who is in custody as Arif Uka, a Kosovo citizen from the northern town of Mitrovica.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A gunman fired shots at U.S. military personnel on a bus outside Frankfurt airport on Wednesday, killing two people and wounding two before being taken into custody, police said.

Kosovo's interior minister told The Associated Press that German police have identified the gunman as a Kosovo citizen.

The attack came as the bus sat outside Terminal 2 at the airport, Frankfurt police spokesman Manfred Fuellhardt said.

The two killed were the bus driver and a passenger, and one person suffered serious wounds and another one light injuries, Fuellhardt said. The spokesman could not confirm whether any of the casualties were U.S. military personnel.

The U.S. Army in Europe referred calls to the Air Force, but a spokeswoman said she could not immediately confirm that the casualties were airmen nor give any details of the incident. The bus had a U.S. government license place marked "AF" for Air Force.

Fuellhardt said he could not give out any information on the suspect, but authorities in Kosovo said he was a citizen of the tiny Balkan nation.

Kosovo Interior Minister Bajram Rexhepi said in an interview that German police have identified the suspect Arif Uka, a Kosovo citizen from the northern town of Mitrovica.

"This is a devastating and a tragic event," Rexhepi said. "We are trying to find out was this something that was organized or what was the nature of the attack."

Spokesmen for the Pentagon and the Air Force in the U.S. had no immediate information on the incident.

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Baetz reported from Berlin. Pauline Jelinek in Washington and Nebi Qena in Pristina, Kosovo, contributed to this report.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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