An officer for Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan, was stabbed Wednesday in what local, state and federal law enforcement authorities were investigating as a terrorist act.
According to witnesses, 52-year-old Canadian Amor Ftouhi, who first entered the United States June 16, allegedly shouted “Allahu akbar” and blamed the United States for deaths in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan before stabbing Lieutenant Jeff Neville with a large knife.
Multiple senior law enforcement officials with direct knowledge of the investigation told NBC News that the suspect was not in any FBI databases prior to the incident, unlike the majority of suspects in the last several U.S. terror attacks.
The FBI is leading the investigation in coordination with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Michigan State Police and other partners in Flint and Canada.
The stabbing happened outside of the TSA area, meaning the suspect did not get through security with a knife, four senior law enforcement officers told NBC News.
Ftouhi ambled around the airport before the attack, spending some time in an airport restaurant before heading to a bathroom where he deposited his bags, according to David Gelios, FBI special agent in charge of the Detroit Division. Ftouhi then brought out the knife.
Officials said that they believe the attack was an isolated incident and that there is “no specific, credible” threat to the Flint community.
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SOURCE: NBC News, Tom Winter, Andrew Blankstein, Kalhan Rosenblatt and Phil McCausland