Man Charged in Suspected Terrorist Attack at Mich. Airport

Canadian allegedly stabbed airport officer in neck
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 21, 2017 6:01 PM CDT

(Newser) – The FBI says a Canadian man charged with stabbing an airport officer in the neck in Flint, Michigan, made references during the attack to people being killed in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Special agent in charge David Gelios says authorities are investigating the attack by Amor Ftouhi as an act of terrorism. He says authorities have no indication at this time that Ftouhi was involved in a "wider plot." Gelios says Ftouhi legally entered the US in New York on June 16 and made his way to Bishop International Airport in Flint on Wednesday. Ftouhi spent some time in public areas of the airport before emerging from a restroom, yelling "Allahu akbar," and attacking the officer with a serrated knife, the AP reports.

Ftouhi of Quebec has been charged with committing violence at an airport. The victim, Lt. Jeff Neville, is in stable condition after undergoing surgery. Genesee County Commissioner Mark Young says Neville retired from the Genesee County sheriff's office in 1999. Officials evacuated the airport following the stabbing. The FBI believes the stabbing was an isolated incident and there is no further threat to the Flint community. (Read more Flint, Michigan stories.)

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