US airport stabbing investigated as terror; Canadian charged

The FBI said Wednesday it is investigating the stabbing of a police officer at a MI airport on Wednesday morning as an "act of terrorism". Witness says police led a man way in handcuffs shortly after.

According to Xinhua news agency, the police have arrested the suspect identified as 50-year-old Amor Ftouhi, a Canadian resident.

The officer, Lt. Jeff Neville, was left in critical condition but survived surgery and is now in stable condition, according to the Michigan State Police.

FBI has said that the suspect is being interrogated under their custody and also confirmed that their Canadian counterpart is assisting in each stage of the investigation.

"Please keep the officer in your prayers", said Michigan State Police on Twitter.

The attacker exclaimed "Allah" and "you have killed people in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan and we are all going to die", said Agent Gelios.

Airport chief Miller said that even after being stabbed, Neville fought with Ftouhi before other officers intervened to help.

Officials quoted by The Washington Post say Ftouhi entered the United States from Canada on June 16, in NY, before arriving in Flint.

"We're trying to develop further information as to his timeline and where he went after he entered the United States", he added.

Lt Neville was standing at the top of the escalators when he was approached from behind and attacked with a large knife, sources told ABC 12 in Flint.

The airport's Police Department has six full-time and six part-time police officers.

The incident took place shortly after 09:00 local time (13:00 GMT) on Wednesday. "However, at this time we are taking extra precautions just to be safe".

The White House said Wednesday that Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert briefed President Trump on the stabbing.

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