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Man Charged in Suspected Terrorist Attack at Mich. Airport

23 June 2017

USA authorities are leading the investigation, but Canadian authorities have offered to assist.

Airport Director of Public Safety Christopher W. Miller said he was there shortly after the attack and put handcuffs on suspected attacker Amor M. Ftouhi after the stabbing. There may be evidence that Ftouhi wanted to launch a larger attack.

Gelios said authorities are also trying to piece together Fthoui's whereabouts since he entered the United States last week.

Ftouhi was charged with violence at an worldwide airport, an offence that can land him up to 20 years in prison.

At 9:38, Ftouhi allegedly stabbed the officer without any provocation, while yelling "Alluha Akbar", the complaint states.

Neville is in satisfactory condition.

Authorities said Ftouhi had expressed "hatred for the United States" during questioning in custody, and were conducting joint operations in Canada and the U.S. in the wake of the stabbing.

During a news conference Wednesday evening, Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent David Gelios said Ftouhi entered the a NY border crossing in mid-June.

A Canadian man has been charged with stabbing an airport officer in the neck in Flint, Michigan. He's charged with committing violence at an airport.

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MLive is reporting the officer was stabbed in the neck.

As a police officer in 1996, Neville coordinated a sting operation aimed at rounding up parents wanted on arrest warrants for failing to have paid child support.

No passengers were harmed in the assault, according to the airport, which was evacuated and remained closed until further notice. Neville was in stable condition after initially being in critical condition.

Neville was retired from the Genessee County Sheriff's Office. It says Ftouhi studied at the University of Tunis and at Sullivan College in Montreal. Let's all continue to pray and hope for a speedy recovery and return for Lt. Jeff Neville.

While FBI special investigator David Gelios didn't offer a motive, he did offer an opinion.

Mr Gelios said: "At this time we view him as a lone-wolf attacker".

A law enforcement officer nearby saw the attack and got to Ftouhi before he could harm more people.

Young said he headed to the airport when he learned about the stabbing yesterday.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said President Donald Trump was briefed on the stabbing, and US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he was "proud of the swift response" by authorities from both the US and Canada.

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"I was about 10-15 feet away when I witnessed the attack", said Lt. Dan Owen, who oversees the fire department and EMS at the airport.

Bishop International Airport is around 100 kilometres from the Detroit-Windsor border crossing.

Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw said nobody else was believed to have been involved.

He wanted to identify an worldwide airport, but, Gelios said, authorities "have absolutely no indication that he had any association with anyone in the Flint area or, thus far, in MI".

Associated Press writer Sadie Gurman contributed to this report from Phoenix.

According to the airport's Facebook page: "An airport police officer has been injured".

City officials in Flint said that local police officers had been stationed around city hall following the incident.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver praised an "unsung hero" who witnessed the attack. She was awaiting a flight to Texas to see her new grandchild.

On Wednesday morning, Ftouhi arrived to Flint's Bishop International Airport carrying two bags.

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