Doctors: Officer stabbed at airport recovering

Brunilde Fioravanti
Giugno 26, 2017

Amor Ftouhi, 49, is now being held at Midland County Jail in MI and was charged on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 with committing violence at an worldwide airport.

Reverend Doctor Deborah Conrad, Senior Minister of Woodside Church, hugs a woman after the interfaith prayer service on Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Flint, Mich., for Lt. Jeff Neville, who was stabbed at Bishop Airport Wednesday morning.

A police officer was stabbed Wednesday at the Flint, Mich., global airport, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation says it is investigating the incident as a possible act of terrorism because of statements the suspect reportedly made before attacking the officer. The attack that injured Lt. Jeff Neville was being investigated as an act of terrorism, but authorities said they have no indication that the suspect, Amor Ftouhi, was involved in a "wider plot". According to a detailed timetable of the attack published by ClickOnDetroit, Ftouhi was carrying a red duffel bag and dark satchel when he entered the airport at 8:52 A.M. He spent about half an hour at a restaurant on the second floor of the airport, left his bags in a public restroom, and emerged to attack Neville within 60 seconds.

At a federal court hearing it was said that Ftouhi has lived in Canada for 10 years and he was described as a Canadian and Tunisian citizen.

Neville fought back even as he bled, until Ftouhi was handcuffed and taken into custody.

The attack closed the airport for most of Wednesday and is being investigated as possible act of terrorism.

"At this time we view him as a lone-wolf attacker". Ftouhi, who was ordered held without bail, is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday. Ftouhi has lived there with his wife and three children.

A detention hearing is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28 at United States District Court for the Eastern District of MI courthouse. He claimed that he had no mental, health, drug or alcohol problems. Canadian police have been likewise reluctant to discuss what they found when they searched his apartment in Montreal. "We have no information to suggest any training", FBI Special Agent in Charge David Gelios said on Thursday.

He legally entered the Champlain, New York, on June 16 and was in MI by at least June 18, said Gellios, who would not say whether Ftouhi entered the US under a so-called trusted traveler program.

Ftouhi asked an officer who subdued him why he did not kill him, according to the criminal complaint.

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