Flint Airport Attack: Michigan Officer Stabbed By Muslim Screaming “ALLAHU AKBAR”

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UPDATE – The stabbing of a police officer at a Michigan airport Wednesday by a Canadian citizen who yelled “Allahu Akbar” and referenced people being killed in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan is being investigated by the FBI as an act of terrorism, officials said.

Fox News reports that FBI Special Agent in Charge David P. Gelios said at a news conference Amor Ftouhi, a 50-year-old Canadian citizen, entered Bishop International Airport in Flint around 9:45 a.m. and went to a restroom before dropping both of his bags, coming out with a knife and yelling “Allahu Akbar,” the Arabic phrase for “God is great,” before stabbing Officer Jeff Neville in the neck.

Ftouhi said something similar to “you have killed people in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and we are all going to die” as he was being arrested, accroding to Gelios. He also used a 12-inch knife with an 8-inch serrated blade, he added.

The Canadian citizen was motivated to come to the airport and conduct this act of violence out of a “hated of the United States,” according to Gelios. He legally entered the U.S. at Lake Champlain in New York on June 16, and then made his way to Flint, according to Gelios.

Original report- 

An airport in Flint, Michigan, has been evacuated after a man attacked a police officer with a knife. The officer has been taken to the hospital and is in critical condition. 

The incident is being investigated as a possible terror attack.

A witness at the airport told local news outlet MLive that the police officer was bleeding from the neck and a knife was seen laying nearby before the terminal was evacuated.

“The cop was on his hands and knees bleeding from his neck,” said Ken Brown, who was dropping his daughter off at the airport. “I said they need to get him a towel.”

“Please keep the officer in your prayers. The airport is closed,” a state police tweet said.

Cherie Carpenter, who was awaiting a flight to Texas to see her new grandchild, tells 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.”

More than 20 police vehicles from Flint, Burton, Michigan State Police and other agencies responded to the incident.

The attack reportedly occurred at 9:40 am local time.

The attacker has been arrested. Authorities haven’t released his identity.

The FBI is leading the investigation into the attack.

Flint has gained national attention in recent years for its water crisis. It’s estimated that 100,000 residents were exposed to high levels of lead in the local water supply. While the water quality returned to an acceptable level earlier this year, residents are continuing to use bottled water until the city replaces its lead pipes.

This breaking news story will be updated.

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