FBI: Flint Airport Attacker 'Has a Hatred for the US'

Canada condemns 'cowardly' attack
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 22, 2017 4:19 AM CDT
FBI: Flint Airport Attacker 'Has a Hatred for the US'
Travellers and traffic sit outside a terminal at Bishop International Airport, Wednesday morning, June 21, 2017, in Flint, Mich.   (Shannon Millard/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP)

"Suffice to say, he had a hatred of the United States," Detroit FBI chief David Gelios says of Canadian citizen Amor Ftouhi, who is accused of stabbing a police officer in a suspected terrorist attack at Flint, Michigan's airport. Ftouhi, a 49-year-old Montreal resident, has been charged with committing a violent act in an airport. "We’re seeking search warrants for electronic media, for his vehicle," but for now, "we view him as a lone wolf attacker," Gelios says. Police say Ftouhi yelled "Allahu akbar" before stabbing Lt. Jeff Neville in the neck. Authorities say Neville, who fought the attacker and brought him to the ground, is in satisfactory condition at a local hospital, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Canadian Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale has confirmed that Ftouhi, who entered the US legally five days before the Bishop International Airport attack, is a Canadian citizen, the CBC reports. "The officer and his family and colleagues are foremost in our thoughts and prayers," Goodale said in a statement Wednesday. He said Canada condemns the "heinous and cowardly attack" and the Mounties are assisting the FBI's investigation. The Montreal Gazette reports that police have searched the apartment where Ftouhi is believed to have lived with his wife and children. The apartment building's owner told reporters the suspect was a "very good guy" who had never been complained about in his six years living there. (Read more Flint, Michigan stories.)

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