Michigan: Muslim shouting ‘allahu akbar’ stabs police officer at Flint airport

Source: Canadian Charged in US Airport Attack Investigated as Terror – Bloomberg

Flint, Mich. (AP) — A Canadian man shouted in Arabic before stabbing a police officer in the neck Wednesday at a Michigan airport, and referenced people being killed overseas during the attack that’s now being investigated as an act of terrorism, federal officials said.

Amor Ftouhi, 49, of Quebec, was immediately taken into custody. A criminal complaint charging him with committing violence at an airport says Ftouhi asked an officer who subdued him why the officer didn’t kill him.

The attack at Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan, is being investigated as an act of terrorism, but authorities have no indication at this time that the suspect was involved in a “wider plot,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge David Gelios.

“At this time we view him as a lone-wolf attacker,” Gelios said. “We have no information to suggest any training.”

The criminal complaint says Ftouhi stabbed airport police Lt. Jeff Neville with a large knife after yelling “Allahu akbar,” the Arabic phrase for “God is great.” According to the FBI, Ftouhi said something similar to “you have killed people in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and we are all going to die.”

More charges against Ftouhi could be filed as prosecutors take the case to a grand jury seeking an indictment, Gelios said.

Neville was in satisfactory condition after initially being in critical condition, airport police Chief Chris Miller said at a late afternoon news conference where the charge against Ftouhi was announced.

Ftouhi appeared in federal court in Flint to hear the charge and will get a court-appointed attorney. A court spokesman says Ftouhi will remain in custody until a bond hearing next Wednesday.

The attack occurred just before 10 a.m., prompting officials to evacuate and shut down the airport and add security elsewhere in the Michigan city about 50 miles (80.46 kilometers) northwest of Detroit. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said President Donald Trump was briefed on the stabbing, and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he was “proud of the swift response” by authorities from both the U.S. and Canada.

Police in Canada were searching a Montreal apartment. Montreal police spokesman Benoit Boiselle said officers with their department were assisting the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in the search on behalf of an FBI request. A number of police stood guard outside the apartment building in the east end of Montreal located on Bélair St. in St-Michel borough. Canadian TV footage showed police escorting at least one person from the building where Ftouhi is believed to have lived.

Gelios said Ftouhi legally entered the U.S. at Champlain, New York, on June 16 and made his way to the Flint airport on Wednesday morning.

Ftouhi spent some time in public, unsecured areas of the airport before going to a restroom where he dropped two bags before attacking the officer with a 12-inch knife that had an 8-inch serrated blade, Gelios said.

Ftouhi never went through any security screening, Gelios said. He described Ftouhi as “cooperative” and talking to investigators.

Witnesses described seeing the suspect being led away as Neville was bleeding, a knife on the ground.

“The cop was on his hands and knees bleeding from his neck,” Ken Brown told The Flint Journal. “I said they need to get him a towel.”

Cherie Carpenter, who was awaiting a flight to Texas to see her new grandchild, told Flint TV station WJRT she saw the attacker being led away in handcuffs. She described the man in custody as appearing “blank, just totally blank.”

Miller, the airport chief, said Neville “fought him to the end,” managing to stop the stabbing and bring Ftouhi to the ground as Miller and other officers arrived to help.

Stabbed in the neck or attempted to behead? According to Coed.com, Ftouhi is a Tunisian.

Confirmed he is a Tunisian Muslim.

Investigators are working to learn more about Ftouhi, whom they describe as a lone-wolf attacker who made his way from Canada to the seemingly random destination of Flint, a struggling Michigan city once known for its sprawling General Motors factories but now better known for lead-tainted water.

Once in the U.S., he unsuccessfully tried to buy a gun, but instead managed to buy a knife, David Gelios, head of the FBI in Detroit said Thursday. He did not elaborate.

Ftouhi, a dual citizen of Canada and Tunisia, stabbed airport police Lt. Jeff Neville with a large knife after yelling “Allahu akbar,” the Arabic phrase for “God is great.” According to the FBI, Ftouhi said something similar to “you have killed people in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, and we are all going to die.”

Ftouhi was immediately taken into custody and was charged in a criminal complaint with committing violence at an airport. Acting U.S. Attorney Dan Lemisch says more charges are coming in the days ahead. Ftouhi is in custody and has a bond hearing scheduled for Wednesday.

He also said that Ftouhi was “neither on the radar of Canadian authorities or FBI or United States authorities.”

Ftouhi indicated to court officials that he has lived in Canada for 10 years and has three children. A pretrial services officer told a judge that he had worked on and off as a truck driver and last worked about two weeks ago. He indicated “no mental or physical health problems and no drug or alcohol use,” the officer, Linsey Carson, said.

Ftouhi’s Facebook page reveals little about him. He has three friends and appeared several years ago to enjoy playing a Facebook video game called Army Attack. His only postings in the past four years are a pair of Arabic-language YouTube videos — one discussing ways to memorize the Quran and another showing how to prevent someone from swallowing their tongue.

Here’s what #FakeNews CNN tried to sell its few remaining viewers:


5 thoughts on “Michigan: Muslim shouting ‘allahu akbar’ stabs police officer at Flint airport

  1. And have the FBI investigated which MOSQUE he went to in Flint? My home state of Michigan, and hometown of Flint are innundated with Muslims. So glad to NOT live there any more.

  2. Well, the FBI couldn’t say “This was not terrorist-related” since Ftouhi shouted out “Allahu Akbar!” and rambled on about the Middle East while too many witnesses were around. So they fall back to that old line “…appears to be a Lone Wolf…”.

    Yeah, riiiiiight.

    They just caught the guy, haven’t even had time to start an involved investigation yet, but they make this stupid statement right off the bat in an obvious attempt to deflect attention away from the rest of those who come into our country to KILL US, be it through Canada, Mexico or our own ports.

    It’s probably a good thing this muslim DID come through one of our borders or even more information would have been covered up. If he had been “home grown”, you can be sure the FBI would have said something like “This guy has a history of mental problems and stopped taking his meds. Not terror-related.” (They’d probably also add “His friends call him Bubba.”)

    As for CNN, this Fake News agency certainly doesn’t want to report what this terrorist said but they have to say SOMETHING because of so many witnesses around so they settle for “…suspect said something in Arabic…” Tomorrow they’ll be reporting how this “poor young man” is “actually a patriot for standing up for his beliefs.”

    IF the FBI decides to go to Ftouhi’s mosque, I’m betting this “investigation” doesn’t get beyond shaking the Iman’s hand while saying “I’m sorry for your loss…such a troubled young man.”

    And to the American public, the FBI will officially report that “nothing was found linking the mosque to this man.”

    You know…SSDD.

    Too bad our government isn’t even HALF as invested in protecting US as they are these ‘peaceful’ Qu’ran-obeying, Sharia-loving, ‘misunderstood’ people.

    Lock and load. It’s coming.

  3. There is NO DOUBT in my mind–THIS GUY WANTED TO DECAPITATE THIS COP!!!! My only question is…. WHY THE HELL DIDN’T THEY SHOOT HIM DEAD RIGHT ON THE SPOT??? I say it’s time to TAKE NO PRISONERS ANYMORE! Just think, now the ACLU and every money-grabbing phony “defense lawyer” will come out of the woodwork and try to exonerate this scum!!!! IT REALLY IS PATHETIC!!!!! P.S. As usual, the dirtbag has a g-damnd freaking SMIRK on his face!!!!!

  4. Pingback: Michigan: “Soldier of Allah” who stabbed cop at Flint airport came to U.S. with ‘sole purpose’ of killing |

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