Canadian authorities raid home of Michigan airport stabbing suspect

Detroit Airport Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 22, 2017, 02.35 AM (IST)

Canadian authorities have raided the home of the Detroit airport stabbing suspect Amor Ftouhi, 49, of Quebec, the CBC reports.

US and Canadian authorities have launched a joint investigation into the stabbing a police officer at Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan on Wednesday. Ftouhi has been charged with violence at an international airport, which carries a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Ftouhi legally entered the United States from Lake Champlain, New York, on June 16 before making his way to Flint, US authorities said.

Also read: FBI says investigating Michigan stabbing as 'act of terrorism'

 

Police described Ftouhi as having a "hatred for the United States". He is accused of stabbing airport officer Jeff Neville in the neck with a 12-inch knife in the public area of the airport. No passengers were harmed in the assault, according to the airport which was evacuated and remained closed until further notice.

The injured police officer, identified as Jeff Neville, was out of surgery and in stable condition, a Michigan State Police spokeswoman told AFP. 

NBC News reported that the suspect stabbed the officer multiple times while shouting "Allahu Akbar" -- which means "God is greatest" in Arabic.

The FBI said authorities were "aware of reports that the attacker made statements immediately prior to or while attacking the officer".

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Ftouhi has been charged with violence at an international airport, carrying a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison ||He legally entered the US from Lake Champlain, New York, on June 16 before making his way to Flint, US?authorities said

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