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Canadian National Charged in Michigan Airport Stabbing

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A Canadian national has been charged with stabbing a police officer at an airport in the midwestern state of Michigan Wednesday.

Federal prosecutors announced the charge against Amor Ftouhi of Quebec. He is charged with committing violence at an airport.

FBI's Detroit field director David Gelios said the agency believes Ftouhi is a "lone wolf" attacker who entered the country legally and then made his way to Flint, Michigan. He said the FBI is investigating the attack as an act of terrorism.

On Wednesday morning, Ftouhi stabbed Lt. Jeff Neville with a large knife uttering "Allahu Akbar,'' the Arabic phrase for "God is great.'' The FBI, which is leading the investigation, reported that Ftouhi said something along the lines of "You have killed people in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, and we are all going to die.''

Neville was in stable condition after initially being in critical condition following the stabbing at the main terminal of Bishop International Airport, a small regional airport in Flint, Michigan.

Airport officials posted a statement on Facebook saying that all passengers were safe. Flint Mayor Karen Weaver said in a release “the situation is under control,” but she urged officials to take “extra precautions” in light of the incident.

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