A Canadian man from Tunisian origins man entered an airport in Michigan on Wednesday morning, shouted ‘Allahu akbar’ and jabbed a security officer in the neck, according to U.S. federal prosecutors labelled the act terrorist.
Amor Ftouhi, 49, was arrested was charged with conducting a violent attack at an airport, FBI special agent in charge David Gelios said in a news conference.
Gelios said the incident occurred at around 9:45 a.m. at the Bishop International Airport in Flint, about 80 kilometres north-west of Detroit.
Fatouhi was a legal visitor in the United States on June 16 before he heads to Flint on Wednesday morning, he said
“We do know Mr. Ftouhi entered the airport, he spent a little time on the first level, then he went upstairs he spent some time in the restaurant up there.” Gelios said.
“Then he came out, he was carrying baggage. He went into a restroom. He spent a little time in the restroom. Dropped both bags and came out, pulled out a knife, yelled ‘Allahu akbar,’ and stabbed Lt. Neville in the neck.”
Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw confirmed that Bishop International Airport police Lt. Jeff Neville had surgery and his condition has been finally stable.
Authorities said they are investigating whether Ftouhi is involved with an extreme terrorist network.
The report said Ftouhi jabbed Neville with a large knife while shouting “Allahu akbar.” The FBI, which is carrying out an investigation, revealed that Ftouhi said some utterances like “you have killed people in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and we are all going to die.”
“As we progress and take this matter to grand jury for indictment, other charges could be pending later on,” Gelios said. “It’s an ongoing investigation, there are joint operations going on in Canada as we speak. We want to thank our Canadian partners who are helping us further investigate this attack.”