Policeman critical after suspected terror attack at US airport
A 49-year-old Canadian man from Tunisia has been arrested in connection with a suspected terror attack at a United States airport, in which an airport police officer was critically injured on Wednesday morning.
The attack occurred just before 10:00 at the Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan.
The suspect, Amor Ftouhi, 49, of Montreal, Canada, reportedly shouted "Allahu akbar," the Arabic phrase for "God is great", and then stabbed Lieutenant Jeff Neville in the neck with a large knife. Ftouhi also reportedly referenced people being killed overseas during the attack, with the FBI reporting that he said something similar to "you have killed people in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and we are all going to die".
Ftouhi was arrested immediately. A criminal complaint was lodged against him, charging him with committing violence at an airport. More charges are expected to be added however, as prosecutors are seeking to bring the case before a grand jury for indictment, FBI Special Agent in Charge David Gelios said.
"At this time we view him as a lone-wolf attacker. We have no information to suggest any training," Gelios explained.
By Wednesday afternoon, Lieutenant Neville had improved from a critical to a satisfactory condition.
Police in Canada have in the meantime searched Ftouhi's apartment in Montreal, with three people living in the apartment taken in for questioning.
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