Canadian man indicted in officer’s stabbing at Flint airport
A Tunisia native who lives in Quebec repeated the Arabic phrase for “God is great” prior to his arraignment Wednesday in the stabbing of a police officer at an airport in Flint.
Amor Ftouhi said “Allahu Akbar” before the proceeding started Wednesday in federal court in Flint, according to The Flint Journal.
He was indicted earlier Wednesday on charges of committing an act of violence at an international airport and interfering with airport security.
Ftouhi, 49, of Montreal, is accused of stabbing Bishop International Airport police Lt. Jeff Neville in the neck June 21 with a large knife.
Authorities have said Ftouhi referenced killings in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan and yelled “Allahu Akbar” at the time Neville was attacked. The attack was being investigated as a possible act of terrorism.
Bishop airport is about 80 kilometres northwest of Detroit.
The FBI has said Ftouhi legally entered the U.S. at Champlain, N.Y., on June 16. The FBI said he bought a knife in the U.S.
Prior to the attack, Ftouhi spent some time in public, unsecured areas of the airport before going to a restroom where he dropped two bags before attacking Neville with a 30-centimetre knife that had a 20-centimetre serrated blade, according to the FBI.
Neville fought back and took Ftouhi to the ground.