Cana­dian man in­dicted in of­fi­cer’s stab­bing at Flint air­port

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

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.

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