FBI: Suspect in Bishop Airport attack identified

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has launched an investigation following an officer-involved stabbing that took place at Bishop International Airport Wednesday morning. (WEYI/WSMH)

UPDATE: Statement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on the Bishop International Airport

The suspect connected to the officer-involved stabbing has been identified as 49-year-old Amor Ftouhi, according to the FBI.

The FBI said that he entered the United State on June 16 through Lake Champlain, New York.

Bishop International Airport in Flint has just reopened following an officer-involved shooting, according to the airport's Facebook page.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation launched an investigation following the stabbing.

The FBI believes the incident was possibly an act of terrorism, according to NBC Nightly News.

NBC's News' investigative journalist Tom Winter reports that the Canadian-born suspect shouted "Allahu Akbar" before stabbing Jeff Neville multiple times.

The suspect is currently in police custody.

Formal criminal complaints have now been lodged against Ftouhi.

Criminal Complaint against Amor Ftouhi by Madeline Ciak on Scribd


Lieutenant Neville was in critical condition, but his condition has since improved and is now in stable condition.

The incident shut down the airport, but some flights were allowed to land.

The FBI released a statement about the stabbing Wednesday afternoon.

Here’s what it said:

"This morning, law enforcement officers from a number of organizations including the FBI’s office in Flint, Mich., 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.

This is the second incident to have taken place at Bishop International Airport in two weeks."


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