FLINT, Mich. (WWJ) – The stabbing of a police officer at Bishop International Airport in Flint is being investigated as a terrorist attack.

The airport was evacuated following the incident at around 9:45 a.m. Wednesday inside the airport along I-75 near I-69.

David Gelios, Special Agent in Charge for the FBI, says Lt. Jeff Neville was stabbed in the neck by a 49-year-old Canadian man who shouted the Arabic phrase “Allahu Akbar,” which means God is great.

As he stabbed Neville, the FBI says Amor M. Ftouhi continued to exclaim,”Allah”, and referenced killings in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan — adding something to the effect of “you are all going to die.”

He was taken down by police and arrested at the scene.

The weapon, Gelios said, was a knife about 12 inches long with an 8-inch serrated blade.

One witness, Cherie Carpenter, told Flint TV station WJRT she saw the attacker’s face as he was led away in handcuffs. She said the man had a husky build and a “blank, just totally blank” expression.

Police initially reported Neville was in critical condition, but he underwent surgery and was upgraded to stable condition. He remains hospitalized but is expected to fully recover. No one else was hurt.

Gelios said Ftouhi, a resident of Quebec, entered the U.S. legally in Lake Champlain, New York on June 16, making his way to Flint and arriving at the airport Wednesday morning. He left his baggage in the restroom prior to the stabbing.

At this time it is believed that Ftouhi was “a lone wolf attacker.”

“Based on the information we have presently, we don’t believe that anyone was involved with this individual,” Gelios said. “We have no information to suggest a wider plot, but it’s certainly very, very early in the investigation.”

Gelios said Ftouhi has already been interviewed extensively by investigators.

“He was cooperative and has talked to us about what his motivations were; and I think, suffice it to say he has a hatred for the United States and a variety of other things which in part motivated him towards coming to the airport today to conduct this act of violence.”

Gelios added that he does not believe Ftouhi was on a terrorist watch list.

Ftouhi will be making an appearance in federal court in Flint on Wednesday and will later be arraigned in Detroit. He is initially charged with committing an act of violence at an airport, which carries a statutory maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison.

[View a copy of the criminal complaint]

Gelios noted that additional charges are possible as an investigation continues. Search warrant are being sought for Ftouhi’s phone, vehicle and electronic media.

The airport was closed for hours following the stabbing, but reopened at around 4 p.m. Passengers are urged to check with their airline for updates regarding flight cancellations and delays.

Comments (10)
  1. Paul Beck says:

    Religion of Pieces anyone??? w w w . HarpazoTV . c o m

  2. sjand3kids says:

    I was thinking the same thing. The end of ramadan is fast approaching. 😳

  3. So did he stab himself? There is zero information here….which means if I just fill in the blanks I will likely be 99.9% accurate.

  4. Media today sucks, has the attacker been caught, if not why are they reporting everyone safe. Was it an Islamic, Obamic, Liberal or Immigrant terrorism.

  5. Tom Ronson says:

    Obviously, this guy never intended to get on a plane with a knife, so it must have been one of those peaceful Muslims, just letting people know how he feels about the police.
    Since this was Flint, I’d wager my money that this was a black Muslim convert, who wanted to impress some at the mosque.
    Can’t wait to see a picture of this man of peace.

  6. Is the media looking for a white Christian Tea Party member?

  7. Sam Huston says:

    Hello from Canada,

    Knowing the race, religion and political affiliation of the perp would help determine if Sudden Jihad Syndrome was a factor in this apparent muslim missionary attack.

  8. Maya Magana says:

    And in the US we have judges who override President Trump’s Executive Orders to keep these terrorists from entering the US. These judges are sponsors of terrorism, plain and simple.

    It’s laughable these judges, who are supposed to keep us safe, want to import these refugees into our country and into the West.

    We can no longer afford to house these 3rd world invaders. It’s too risky. America is struggling enough as it is. Most of us are making below living wage and had our health insurance forcefully taken away by Obama. My healthcare is up to $520 per month; compare this to my $25 per month car insurance (from Insurance Panda) or my $10/month life insurance. Both private enterprise (take note, Dems). Do we really want our tax dollars aiding these terrorists?

    Islamists just prove everyday that they do not fit into western nations. There is no living in peace with these people. That is the sad reality.

  9. Fred Jk says:

    What amount of time in prison was Ftouhi sentenced to?