Flint Airport Possible Terrorist Attack: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
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Flint Airport Possible Terrorist Attack: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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A police officer was stabbed multiple times at an airport in Flint, Michigan by a suspect, Amor Ftoui, who shouted “Allahu Akbar,” NBC News reported.

The officer, Jeff Neville, was initially listed in critical condition, but his condition was later upgraded to stable condition. The stabbing is now being considered a possible terrorist attack, according to NBC News investigative reporter, Tom Winter.

However, while not ruling it out, the FBI said in a statement that it was too early in the investigation to determine whether the attack was terrorism.

The suspect has been identified as 49-year-old Ftouhi, of Montreal, Canada. Read more about him here.
The officer was on duty at the time, according to the Flint Journal.

The attack, which occurred on June 21, is still under investigation. It comes as a series of ISIS-fueled terrorist attacks have raised fears across Europe. The day before, a suicide bombing was foiled in Brussels, Belgium.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. The Officer Is in Stable Condition After Being Stabbed in the Neck

According to KJRH, the suspect stabbed the officer in the neck, leaving him in critical condition initially. His condition was later upgraded to stable.

The Flint Journal reported that a witness “saw a man detained near a knife and an officer on his knees and bleeding from the neck.” The officer was described as an “honorable man” who was a lieutenant, according to Flint Journal.

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

CNN reported that the officer was also stabbed in the back.


2. The Incident Is Being Investigated as Possible Terrorism

According to NBC News, the suspect is Canadian.

Ftouhi, 49, was identified at an early evening press conference. He is being charged with committing an act of violence at an airport, said David Lemisch, the acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. It is not clear if he could face additional federal or state charges as the investigation continues. Ftouhi was expected to make his first appearance Wednesday in federal court in Flint, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

According to prosecutors, Ftouhi walked up to Neville, who was in full uniform, and stabbed him in the neck. He then shouted “Allahu Akbar,” and referenced “killings in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq,” the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

Ftouhi legally entered the United States through New York on June 16, the Detroit Free Press reports.

“The Canadian born suspect yelled ‘Allahu Akbar’ before stabbing the officer multiple times,” leading authorities to consider the attack a potential act of terrorism, NBC reported.

Officers were stationed around Flint’s City Hall as a precaution, according to AP.

In a statement, the FBI said:

This morning, law enforcement officers from a number of organizations, including the FBI’s office in Flint, Michigan, responded to Flint’s Bishop International Airport after receiving the report of a stabbing of an airport police officer who is presently considered to be in stable condition.

The suspect was taken into custody at the airport and is currently being questioned by law enforcement officers.

The FBI, with our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners, is jointly investigating this incident to determine the nature and motive for the attack. We are aware of reports that the attacker made statements immediately prior to or while attacking the officer, but it is too early to determine the nature of these alleged statements or whether or not this was an act of terrorism.

Based on the information that we have at this time, we believe this to be an isolated incident. We currently have no specific, credible information that there is a threat to the Flint community.

Fox News also reported that the attack is being investigated for possible connections to terror, although that has not been definitively determined.


3. The Airport Was Evacuated

Bishop International Airport released a statement on Facebook. It read, “Attention: there has been an incident at the airport. An airport police officer has been injured. All passengers are safe and are being evacuated at this time. Please check with your airline for potential cancellations or delays. We will release more information as we have it.”

About 800,000 people travel through the Bishop Airport in Flint, Michigan each year, according to airport statistics.


4. Law Enforcement Was Targeted in the Attack & the Suspect Had a ‘Blank Look’ on His Face

The suspect in in custody.

“A law enforcement official said the stabbing appears to have targeted law enforcement,” reported CNN.

According to ABC News, a witness described the suspect as having “a husky build and a ‘blank’ look on his face.”


5. The FBI Has Taken Over the Investigation

The FBI is in charge of the investigation. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said on Twitter, “As we wait to learn more about the incident at Bishop Airport, please keep the attacked officer in your thoughts & prayers.”

State troopers and the ATF were also at the airport, which remained closed in the hours after the attack, according to ABC News.

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Ree

After yelling their signature screech, we think it “might” be a terrorist attack? Good grief what a bunch of blind-ass idiots we are!

Anonymous

You said it. This is exactly what the left scumbag wanted

Blacc Amerika

Obama?? Lol ok. It amazes me that you simple minded folk know how to use the internet, let alone read the article.

JOHN MAYOR...

Blacc Amerika!… these NETTROLLIANS (from Nettrollia!) are victims of ANASTROPHOPATHY! They have no RATIONAL SENSE!… they were born into this world like PIGS born into a BARNYARD! And!… these wouldn’t know what constitutes the “LEFT (OR ‘RIGHT’!)” if these tripped over it! What these DO KNOW… however!… is how to commit NETTROLLICIDE (i.e., NETTROLLIAN CYBER MURDER!)! And regardless of the F-A-C-T… and for example!… that their beloved “leader” is alleged to have committed a R-A-P-E of a girl of thirteen (WITH DOCUMENTED EVIDENCE ATTESTED TO BY A COURT JUDGE!), these C-L-O-W-N-S (A-N-D S-U-P-P-O-R-T-E-R-S O-F C-H-I-L-D A-B-U-S-E!… WHICH SHOULD GIVE YOU SOME INDICATION OF WHERE THEIR PIN-SIZED HEADS ARE AT!) C-O-U-L-D C-A-R-E L-E-S-S to even address this allegation, in order to either eliminate this as a possibility, or hold MR. POTUS to account! Amerika!… they’re C-O-W-A-R-D-S!… A-N-D D-E-L-U-S-I-O-N-A-L!… and have as much sense as a side order of onion rings! In other words, Amerika!… who– OF ANY SOUND MIND!– should give a gnat’s flying f*rt what these characters think! That’s like asking your dog what it thinks of Einstein’s equation!… E=MC²!
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Please!… no emails!… Jesus is Lord!

JOHN MAYOR...

Thanks! And wait to you get to the part when an ANGEL OF THE LORD (BTW!… not me!) picks up the unbelieving, AND UNREPENTENT, and tosses them into a lake of fire! Then these will think back on such musings, and say (while trembling before ALMIGHTY GOD!):… “He was right!… and we’ve got no defense!” In other words, what YOU and Christ think is Christian, are– IN REALITY!– T-W-O D-I-F-F-E-R-E-N-T T-H-I-N-G-S! And “Dudes” back then didn’t like what Christ (and Christians!) had to say either!… and wound up placing Christ on a Cross, and throwing his servants to the Lions! Your time on earth is almost up… “Dude”!… so I suggest you start figuring out what the “perfect gameplan” actually is! Bye bye!
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Please!… no emails!… Jesus is Lord!

Richard

@Blacc, are you aware that 28% of the teenagers the nitwit allowed into the country in 2014 from some of the countries in S. America are known to be gang members today in the US? That is known….more likely the percent is around 50%. The country is very lucky that the fat pig with lipstick is not in the WH to welcome 100,000 more immigrants.
Canada has opened their arms to all immigrants so good luck to them but we need to secure all of our borders…I think sharpshooters one mile apart along all our borders would do just fine…

Leather Necks

This is why the Marine Corps Are called Leather Necks. Muslums have been stabbing at their necks for hundreds of years now. Maybe police in our country should start wearing leather neck protection as well. Was it a Freudian slip when 44 called them Marine corpes from the teleprompter?

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