The FBI is investigating as an "act of terrorism" a knife attack on a Michigan airport police officer Wednesday by a man yelling "Allahu Akbar."
The stabbing at Bishop International Airport, in the city of Flint, comes amid a wave of jihadist-inspired attacks in Europe, most recently a foiled bomb assault at a train station in Belgium.
US officials identified the suspected assailant, who is in custody and cooperating with investigators, as a 49-year-old Canadian resident from Quebec named Amor Ftouhi.
"We're investigating this incident today as an act of terrorism," FBI special agent David Gelios told a news conference, detailing Ftouhi's actions on Wednesday morning based on security camera footage.
Ftouhi was seen lingering with luggage around the airport's non-secured public areas, including at a second-floor restaurant and a bathroom, before pulling out a 12-inch serrated-blade knife, yelling "Allahu Akbar" -- "God is greatest" in Arabic -- and stabbing an officer in the neck, police said.
During the attack, Ftouhi "referenced killings in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan," according to a press release from the US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan.
He also expressed "hatred for the United States" during questioning in custody, Gelios said.
"He was cooperative and has talked to us about what his motivations were," he added.
The injured officer was identified as Jeff Neville, a 16-year veteran of the airport police force who wrestled Ftouhi to the ground during the assault until others could arrest him, police said, adding that Neville was in stable condition in hospital.
"Lieutenant Neville never stopped fighting until I handcuffed this person," airport police chief Christopher Miller said
Source: National News Agency