Reports stated that the knife attacker at Michigan Airport – Amor Ftouhi, 50, shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest” in Arabic) before attacking Lieutenant Jeff Neville. According to reports, the officer received stab wounds in the back and neck.
Officer Jeff Neville is however in stable condition at the hospital after the attack Bishop International Airport in Flint but he didn’t agree to be taken to the hospital until he has helped to take the suspect, a Canadian, into custody at the scene.
Mr. Ftouhi was seen loitering at the airport with baggage before pulling out a 12-inch blade on officer Neville who was standing at the top of the escalators and was approached from behind shortly after 09:00 local time (13:00 GMT).
According to FBI agent in charge – David Gelios, the attacker exclaimed “Allah” and “you have killed people in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, and we are all going to die”.
Lt Neville then wrestled Ftouhi to the ground, while the FBI thinks the suspect is a “lone wolf” attacker.
Eyewitness accounts in Flint described seeing the suspect being led away in handcuffs by police, while Officer Neville was bleeding and the weapon used was on the ground.
“The cop was on his hands and knees bleeding from his neck,” Ken Brown told local media.
During questioning, authorities said Mr. Ftouhi was “co-operative” and that he had expressed “hatred for the United States”.
The accused could face 20 years in jail if the charge against him – an act of violence at an international airport that caused serious injury is sustained.
In another development, Canadian media reported that police were carrying out a search of Ftouhi’s home in Montreal and had made two arrests in connection with the knife attack.
TV footage showed police escorting at least two peoples away from a four-storey Montreal building where the suspect is believed to have lived and there was a significant police presence outside the building
Following the attack, the Flint airport has been evacuated and additional officers have been stationed at city hall.
In a statement, the Mayor of Flint Karen Weaver says:
“My thoughts and prayers are with all of our law enforcement officers who work to serve and protect us each and every day.
“I want the public to know that several agencies are involved and working to ensure the situation is under control.”
They are taking extra precautions just to be safe.”
Police have also asked mass transit officials to be on their guard to forestall potential incidents.
The mayor’s chief of staff, Steven Branch, told local media there was an extra police presence at the city’s water treatment plant. It will be recalled that Flint, Michigan have been battling contaminated water for a while
President Donald Trump has been briefed on the incident by his Homeland Security Advisor and to forestall future occurrences, the airport will remain closed until further notice.
This is just one of the many attacks that seem to be flying all around now.
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