The FBI has launched a terrorism investigation after a Canadian-born man stabbed a police officer at a Michigan airport on Wednesday while yelling “Allahu Akbar” and talking about citizens who were killed in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
During a news conference, FBI Special Agent in Charge David P. Gelios identified the culprit as 50-year-old Amor Ftouhi of Canada, Fox News reported. Ftouhi allegedly entered Bishop International Airport at around 9:45 am local time, dropped off both of his bags in a restroom, and came out wielding a knife and shouting “Allahu Akbar.”
The attacker then stabbed Officer Jeff Neville in the neck and said a phrase similar to, “you have killed people in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and we are all going to die,” when other officers rushed to arrest him. Ftouhi’s weapon of choice was a 12-inch knife with an 8-inch serrated blade.
“Based on the information that we have at this time, we believe this to be an isolated incident,” the FBI said in a statement released prior to Gelios’s news conference. “We currently have no specific, credible information that there is a threat to the Flint community.”
Ftouhi now faces federal charges of committing violence at an airport, with more charges potentially forthcoming. According to Flint Airport Director of Public Safety Christopher Miller, Neville is in “satisfactory condition.” The officer was praised for helping to detain the suspect even though he had been wounded in the attack.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions also released a statement assuring law enforcement officials across the country that anybody who attacks them will be “investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
“I am proud of the swift response from the FBI and our federal prosecutors and their partnership with local police and the Canadian authorities. Our prayers are with the officer and his family for a full recovery,” Sessions said.