Terrorism In Michigan: FBI officially investigating Michigan stabbing as ‘act of terror’
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UPDATE, 6 p.m. EST: The attack on the police officer at Bishop International Airport in Michigan is being investigated by the FBI as an act of terrorism, officials said, according to Fox News.
The attacker was identified as Amor Ftouhi, a 50-year-old Canadian citizen.
The FBI said this is believed to be an isolated incident.
“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,” the FBI said, according to CNN.
This is a breaking story. We will provide updates as more information becomes available.
The attacker allegedly yelled “Allahu akbar” before stabbing Lieutenant Jeff Neville, who was seen by witnesses bleeding from the neck.
Neville was described as being in stable condition.
Sources told WJRT that Neville was at the top of the escalator Wednesday morning when he was attacked with a knife.
Law enforcement officials said the suspect is from Quebec and had a Canadian passport, NBC News reported. The identity of the attacker has yet to be released, but he is in custody.
According to Bishop International’s Facebook page, all travelers were safe and had been evacuated.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder wrote on Twitter, “As we wait to learn more about the incident at Bishop Airport, please keep the attacked officer in your thoughts & prayers.”
The FBI is leading an investigation into the incident. The airport was closed following the attack.