Authorities have not found evidence the suspect was involved in a “wider plot.”
On Wednesday, Amor Ftouhi, a Canadian originally from Tunisia, screamed Allahu Akbar after he stabbed Lt. Jeff Neville at Bishop International Airport in Flint, MI.
The FBI have started investigating the attack as a terrorist act, but have not found Ftouhi involved in a wider plot.
ABC News reported:
[FBI employee David] Gelios said the attacker, armed with a roughly 12-inch knife with an 8-inch serrated blade, “continued to exclaim ‘Allah’ and he made a statement to the effect of ‘you killed people in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan,’ and, ‘We’re all going to die.'”
Officials said Neville got the suspect to stop the attack, and that “Neville never stopped fighting” until the suspect was in handcuffs, which happened within about one minute.
The suspect was interviewed about his motivations and was cooperative, officials said. No one else appears to have been involved and there is no information to suggest a wider plot, officials said.
Officials searched Fthoui’s apartment in Montreal, but could not find evidence at this time that he “spoke to anyone before the attack.” They have started to question anyone who has stayed with Fthoui at the apartment.
Fthoui’s landlord Luciano Piazza stated that he never had a problem with his tenant and that he has a wife and children.
Authorities explained that “Fthoui legally entered the U.S. at Champlain, New York, on June 16 and made his way to the Flint airport on Wednesday morning.”
Amor Ftouhi, 49, of Montreal, was immediately taken into custody. A criminal complaint charging him with committing violence at an airport says Ftouhi asked an officer who subdued him why the officer didn’t kill him.
The attack Wednesday at Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan, is being investigated as an act of terrorism, but authorities have no indication at this time that the suspect was involved in a “wider plot,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge David Gelios.
“At this time we view him as a lone-wolf attacker,” Gelios said. “We have no information to suggest any training.”
Officials may file more charges against him. Thankfully, Neville survived and resting at a local hospital.DONATE
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