4 March 2011
Last updated at 06:08 ET
More people may have died in the attack on a US air force bus at Frankfurt Airport had the killer’s gun not jammed, German prosecutors say.
The alleged gunman, they add, has confessed, saying he wanted to kill Americans “as revenge for the American mission in Afghanistan”.
They say there is no evidence he was part of any terrorist group.
America has released details of the two airmen killed in Wednesday’s attack, which left two others wounded.
Officials waited to reveal their identities until their closest relatives had been notified.
The dead men were named as Senior Airman Nicholas Alden, 25, of Williamston, South Carolina, and Airman First Class Zachary Cuddeback, 21, of Stanardsville, Virginia.
The former had been assigned to the 48th Security Forces Squadron at RAF Lakenheath in Britain, while the latter had been assigned to the 86th Vehicle Readiness Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, near Frankfurt.
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US airmen killer’s gun ‘jammed’