A stabbing at a Flint, Michigan airport on Wednesday is now being investigated as an act of terrorism. A Canadian man from Tunisia shouted in Arabic before stabbing a police officer in the neck.
Amor Ftouhi, 49, of Montreal, has been arrested for allegedly stabbing a police officer in the neck. Ftouhi is originally from Tunisia and he shouted in Arabic before the attack. He stabbed airport police Lt. Jeff Neville with a 12-inch knife that had an 8-inch serrated blade after yelling “Allahu akbar,” the Arabic phrase for “God is great,” according to the Associated Press. The FBI stated that Ftouhi also said something along the lines of, “you have killed people in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and we are all going to die.”
The stabbing at Bishop International Airport in Flint is being investigated as an act of terrorism, but authorities have no indication that the suspect was involved in a wider plot.
“At this time we view him as a lone-wolf attacker,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge David Gelios. “We have no information to suggest any training.”
He said that Ftouhi legally entered the United States through Champlain, New York.
According to MLive, the suspect is married and a father of three.
He is scheduled for a bond hearing next Wednesday.