Police officer stabbed at MI airport

Elias Hubbard
June 26, 2017

DETROIT (AP) - The Canadian man charged with stabbing a police officer at the Flint airport in a possible act of terrorism was a part-time caretaker at the Montreal apartment building where he lived and had once studied to sell insurance, a landlord and an insurance company spokesman said Thursday.

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - A Canadian man from Tunisia shouted in Arabic before stabbing a police officer in the neck at a MI airport, and made reference to people being killed overseas during the attack that's now being investigated as an act of terrorism, federal and court officials said. No one else appears to have been involved and there is no information to suggest a wider plot, officials said.

A Canadian man shouted "Allahu akbar" and stabbed a police officer with a 12-inch knife on Wednesday morning at an airport in Flint, Michigan in an incident the FBI is investigating as an act of terrorism.

Gelios said the attacker, armed with a roughly 12-inch knife with an 8-inch serrated blade, "continued to exclaim "Allah" and he made a statement to the effect of 'you killed people in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, ' and, 'We're all going to die'".

In a media release, the Flint Islamic Center wrote they were praying for Neville's recovery and offered to help his family as he heals - the officer's condition was upgraded from critical to stable Wednesday afternoon.

An assailant stabbed a police officer in the neck Wednesday morning at Bishop International Airport, prompting an evacuation and shutdown of the airport.

Gelios said other charges could be lodged against Ftouhi.

— June 16: Ftouhi legally enters the USA through Champlain, New York, and starts heading to Flint.

All passengers are safe and were evacuated, the airport said on Facebook.

The bureau said earlier that agents believed the stabbing was an "isolated incident".

Neville, who later underwent a surgery for his injury is recuperating in the hospital and his condition is reported to be satisfactory.

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

"We as the people of Flint must remain united against such senseless acts of violence, and in particular against law enforcement officers", he added.

"(P) lease keep the attacked officer in your thoughts & prayers", Snyder said on Twitter.

USA law enforcement officials are working with Canadian authorities to learn more about the ties the suspect has to Canada, according to a law enforcement source. He was "proud of the swift response" by authorities of both nations, he said in a statement.

Shaw said Neville had retired from the Genesee County Sheriff's Department as a lieutenant.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police did not immediately return Reuters requests for comment.

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