Police Officer Stabbed at Michigan Airport

Carla Harmon
June 29, 2017

FLINT ― The FBI is investigating an attack at a Flint airport Wednesday as an "act of terror", after a man stabbed a police officer in the neck while he shouted "Allahu Akbar".

It was not clear if suspect Amor Ftouhi had planned on killing more people with the Flint Bishop Airport attack or if it could have been an attempt at drawing the police officer to kill him.

The FBI confirmed that it is investigating Wednesday's stabbing of a police officer in the state of MI as an "act of terrorism".

The suspect, who had attacked the officer with a 12-inch serrated knife, was taken into custody shortly afterwards.

The FBI is the "lead agency" in the investigation, according to a statement by state police.

NBC News cited law enforcement officials as saying the suspect was from Quebec and has a Canadian passport.

A witness told MLive he saw the officer bleeding from the neck with a knife located nearby. Officials increased security at Flint City Hall, including additional police officers, in "an abundance of caution", her statement said.

Flint is about 50 miles northwest of Detroit but Chicago is a major connecting hub for flights in and out of Bishop Airport.

The officer was later identified as Jeff Neville.

The airport posted on Facebook that the airport was evacuated.

Neville was rushed to hospital in critical condition, but he has since been upgraded to stable condition after undergoing emergency surgery.

The law enforcement officer was able to subdue Ftouhi, who asked the officer why he did not kill him.

Due in part Ftouhi shouting "Allahu Akbar", the FBI is investigating the incident as possible terrorist attack.

The FBI doesn't have specific or credible information of a threat to the Flint community, Wiley said.

The suspect was arrested and was cooperating with investigators, FBI special agent David Gelios told a news conference.

The injured officer is in "satisfactory" condition, authorities said.

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder of MI and Flint Mayor Karen Weaver both issued statements offering "thoughts and prayers" to Neville. We are reminding residents here in MI to take a breath.

"Preliminary indications are that we had no visibility on this individual", an Federal Bureau of Investigation official said after being asked if Ftouhi had been on law enforcement's radar.

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