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Germany shooting suspect no more believes in jihad

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 17:48

Frankfurt: The Kosovo Albanian man on trial for killing two US airmen at the Frankfurt Airport says he no longer believes in jihad, or holy war.

Arid Uka, 21, is charged with two counts of murder for the March 2 slayings. He confessed to the attacks as his trial opened in August, saying that the night before the crime he saw an online video purporting to show American soldiers raping a teenage Muslim girl.

It turned out to be a scene from an anti-war Hollywood movie. Uka told the court Wednesday he had been duped by extremist "propaganda."

Uka said he is "still a Muslim" and prays regularly but he no longer believes the religion permits acts of violence except in self-defense.

He says the shooting of the airmen was "naturally not" permitted.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 17:43
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