A 50-year-old Canadian man stabbed a police officer in the neck and back in a horrific Wednesday attack at Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan. The authorities have since treated as an “act of terrorism” and say Amor Ftouhi is being charged with violence at an international airport. According to FBI special agent David Gelios, Ftouhi screamed “Allahu akbar”, which is Arabic for “Allah is great”, before stabbing Lieutenant Jeff Neville with a 12 inch knife. Neville was stationed on the public side of the airport’s main terminal. Passengers were immediately evacuated and everyone was later accounted for. Neville underwent surgery and is currently in satisfactory condition according to other officials. Michigan governor Rick Snyder later offered his condolences to Neville via Twitter.
As we wait to learn more about the incident at Bishop Airport, please keep the attacked officer in your thoughts & prayers.
— Governor Rick Snyder (@onetoughnerd) June 21, 2017
“Suffice it to say, he has a hatred for the United States and a variety of other things that in part motivated him to come to the airport today and conduct this act of violence,” Gelios said in his news conference. It appears that he just arrived in the United States last Friday, legally flying to New York City. The Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. is cooperating with the investigation to figure out Ftouhi’s background. However, the FBI assured local citizens that this appears to be an isolated incident and that there was no imminent threat of a second attack in the area. In any case, extra police officers were placed at the airport and at Flint City Hall as a precautionary measure following the attack. U.S. President Donald Trump has also been briefed on the attack, according to CNN reports.
Bishop International Airport employs six full time police officers in addition to six part time officers. These officers patrol an air hub that passes through about 800,000 passengers every year.