Stabbing of police officer at Michigan airport being investigated by FBI as an 'act of terrorism'

Washington: The Federal Bureau of Investigation has said it is probing a stabbing of a police officer at a US airport as an "act of terror". The suspect is in custody.

Police officers gather at a terminal at Bishop International Airport, Wednesday morning, June 21, 2017, in Flint, Mich. Officials evacuated the airport Wednesday, where a witness said he saw an officer bleeding from his neck and a knife nearby on the ground. On Twitter, Michigan State Police say the officer is in critical condition and the FBI was leading the investigation. AP

Police officer Jeff Neville was stabbed at Bishop  Airport in Flint, Michigan. AP

The incident occurred on Wednesday morning at the Michigan airport. The suspect was identified as a Canadian resident, Xinhua news agency reported.

Fifty-year-old Amor Ftouhi, who carried out the "lone-wolf" attack had entered the US on 16 June, FBI special investigator David Gelios told the media.

According to Gelios, Ftouhi yelled "Allahu Akbar," or "Allah is the greatest," before he attacked Officer Jeff Neville with a 30 centimeter knife at the Bishop International Airport in Flint.

Neville's condition was reported to be "satisfactory" after surgery.

The FBI said the suspect was in custody and was being questioned. The probe will progress with the help of their Canadian counterparts, it added.

Amor Ftouhi had arrived at the airport on Wednesday morning. He spent some time on the first floor. Then he went to a restaurant on the second floor. Emerging from a restroom later, Ftouhi pulled out the knife and starting stabbing Neville in the neck, the FBI said.

Ftouhi also said something like "you have killed people in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan" and "we are all going to die," according to initial accounts from eye witnesses.

Updated Date: Jun 22, 2017 09:11 AM

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