Authorities have identified the Muslim man who stabbed an airport police officer at Bishop International Airport in Flint. Amor Ftouhi is the suspect in the incident that took place on Wednesday morning, approximately 80 miles north of Detroit. The FBI is treating the incident as an act of terrorism.
Lt. Jeff Neville was stabbed in the neck by the assailant. The attack occurred outside of the TSA security line. Neville is currently in stable condition and is expected to recover.
Ftouhi entered the United States legally at Lake Champlain, New York, on June 16. He later traveled to Flint in mid-Michigan. Authorities allege that he went into a public lavatory. After dropping his bags, he came out of the restroom and displayed a knife. Yelling “Allahu Akbar!”, he then stabbed Neville in the neck. Ftouhi was armed with a knife with a 12-inch blade, and another knife with a serrated edge. In the attack, Ftouhi also shouted. “You killed people in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan,” and, 'We're all going to die.'"
Despite his injury, Neville knew his duty and stopped the attack. An airport spokesman said that "Neville never stopped fighting" until the suspect was subdued and cuffed within a minute. When he was interviewed, Ftouhi was cooperative. At this time, there do not appear to be any conspirators.
According to officials, Ftouhi "has a hatred for the United States and a variety of other things that motivated him to coming to the airport today to conduct this act of violence."
Currently, Ftouhi is facing a complaint for "violence at an international airport." US officials are cooperating with their counterparts in Canada. There could be more charges in the future.
A Facebook page bearing the name “Amor Ftouhi” indicates that he is from Tunis, Tunisia, but lives in Montreal, Quebec. It indicates that he worked at Industrielle Alliance and studied at the Faculté des sciences humaines et sociales de Tunis and the Collège O'Sullivan. The first posts on the Facebook account were in 2009, while the latest was on February 23, 2016. Spero News does not know if the suspect, Amor Ftouhi, and the person in the Facebook account are one and the same persons.
Leftist millionaire filmmaker Michael Moore, who was born in Flint but has not lived in the area for decades, diminished reports of terrorism at Flint's airport. A frequent critic of Republican Governor Rick Snyder over the failure by Flint's water department to properly treat its drinking water and thus poisoning citizens with toxic lead, Moore wrote on Twitter: "Any media calling Flint airport stabbing an 'act of terror' when you've never referred to the governor poisoning the people of Flint terrorism: FU."
Any media calling Flint airport stabbing an"act of terror" when you've NEVER referred 2 the Governor poisoning ppl of Flint as terrorism: FU— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) June 21, 2017
Above is a photo that appears on the Facebook account of an "Amor Ftouhi"
The Department of Justice released a statement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions: "I want to assure all our law enforcement across the nation, any attack on someone who serves and protects our citizens will be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law." He added, "Our prayers are with the officer and his family for a full recovery.” The Department of Homeland Security is monitoring the situation.
Following the incident, the airport was evacuated and closed. It was reopened later. All passengers were safe amid the investigation, officials said. The FBI said, "We believe this to be an isolated incident" and there is "no specific, credible information that there is a threat to the Flint community."
The Canadian Department of Public Safety released a statement saying: "We condemn this heinous and cowardly attack. The officer and his family and colleagues are foremost in our thoughts and prayers. The Minister of Public Safety has spoken with the RCMP [Royal Canadian Mounted Police] Commissioner and the National Security and Intelligence Advisor about the attack at Bishop International Airport in Flint Michigan. There is complete cooperation between the RCMP and other Canadian authorities with their US counterparts. The American authorities are leading the investigation, which is still in its early stages. Canada stands ready to assist in any way it can."
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver gave the public reassurances about her own safety. The statement said: “Authorities have informed Mayor Karen Weaver that a significant security event occurred Wednesday morning at Flint’s Bishop International Airport.” The statement went on to say that Flint’s police chief stationed police officers around the Flint City Hall complex until further notice. At this time Flint City Hall remains open for business, but with heightened security.” After giving assurances that the “situation is under control,” the statement said, “we are taking extra precautions just to be safe.”