The Muslim terrorist who slashed a police officer at an airport in Flint, Michigan, in 2017 is now facing further charges. According to court documents, the 50-year-old father of three Amor M. Ftouhi was already facing charges for stabbing an officer at Bishop Airport in mid-Michigan and will now face a charge of "committing an act of terrorism transcending national boundaries." Ftouhi is a dual national of Canada and Tunisia.
Federal investigators say Ftouhi entered the U.S. from Canada on June 16 , 2017, with a plan to kill government personnel. After he was unsuccessful in buying a gun in Michigan, he purchased a knife with an 8-inch serrated blade. On the day of the attack, he approached airport police Lt. xxx xxxx. Stabbing the officer in the neck, Ftouhi yelled "Allahu akbar" while referencing the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. Lt. Jeff Neville survived the knife attack.
Ftouhi told officers while he was in custody that he was a "soldier of Allah" in the style of the followers of al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.
On Wednesday, the federal indictment charged Ftouhi with "committing an act of terrorism transcending national boundaries." U.S. prosecutors said that Ftouhi also had a machete and a tactical baton on his person. He has pleaded his innocence on the charges of airport violence and interference with security screen personnel, but has has yet to appear in court on the new charge of committing an act of terrorism transcending national boundaries. Currently, he is being held at a federal penitentiary at Milan, Michigan. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.
When he appeared in court on June 21, 2017, the shackled Ftouhi said through a spit guard mask to his attorney, David Kelzer, before the initial hearing began, "It is only twenty years or my whole life, this is what I do not understand." He qualified for taxpayer supported federally-supported attorney.
Many of Ftouhi's family members, including his mother, live in his native Tunisia. He had worked occasionally as a truck driver, but had not worked for two weeks before unleashing his rampage.
Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.