Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Arif Uka Pictures?

Update #2:  There are new, conflicting reports between whether the gunman's name was "Arid" or "Arif."  According to AP, the correct spelling is "Arid."  If the gunman was indeed named "Arid," then the person below is not the gunman.

Update #3:  According to officials, a different Facebook account has been found and is purportedly that of the gunman.  The person below is not the gunman. 

--Original Article--

Arif Uka has been identified as the 21-year-old man who shot and killed several Americans in Frankfurt, Germany today.  Through investigative journalism, Pundit Press now believes that it may have found his Facebook page.

Of course, if this in not him, we apologize, but there are three reasons why this could be his profile.  First, and least convincing, is that the man in his profile picture seems to be about the age of 21. We must stress that almost all of the friends on Facebook for this profile are Albanian names, not German. Uka the shooter lived in Germany.

Second, Uka was identified as Kosovan.  Albania has one of the largest Kosovan populations on earth.  Now look closely at the necklace around Uka's neck.

It is that of the Albanian flag.

Third, Uka's profile says that he is using Facebook in "Shqip."  That is the language of "Albanian," one that many Kosovans speak natively.

It must be noted that Albanians and Kosovars tend to be very pro-American. It is unclear if this man is Uka and if he is Muslim, although it appears so. Radicalization could have happened in Germany, with a large population of Muslim immigrants, and not Kosovo. We cannot paint ethnic Albanians as extremists, especially considering their rejection of al Qaeda and radical Islam in the 1990s-- even as Serbs attempted to wipe out their population in Kosovo.

Update: On Google, a picture of Uka holding an AK-47 can be found:

If you click on the picture (on Google), it goes to the above Uka's page.

In the attack, it was reported that Uka used an AK-47.

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  1. Exactly, which is why this makes it so confusing. Kosovo is very pro-American, a couple years ago they even erected a statue of Bill Clinton in Pristina.

  2. What about:

    Lives in Frankfurt and is from Mitrovica, as described in the press. The profile name has been changed to Abu Reyyan, but has been Arid Uka before.

    Wall-Posts and friends indicate a pro-islamic belief. He also seems to be into 3d-shooters.