Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Montreal man back in US court in Michigan airport stabbing

Montreal man back in US court in Michigan airport stabbing

Looking around the packed courtroom and repeating "Allahu Akbar" twice, Amor M. Ftouhi, the man accused of stabbing a cop in the neck at Flint Bishop Airport appeared in federal court Wednesday for a detention hearing. Neville underwent surgery and has left the hospital, local media reported.

She said she discussed the detention hearing with Ftouhi that morning and they both agreed that getting out on bond would not be likely given the nature of the offense and the fact that Ftouhi, who lives in Canada, has no ties to MI.

Dawkins ordered that Ftouhi remain jailed, and scheduled a preliminary exam for Wednesday, July 5, at 1:30 p.m. He also wore a small surgical mask which a court spokesman says is for "unspecified health reasons".

Court officials would not say where he is being held.

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The attack comes amid a wave of jihadist-inspired attacks in Europe, but investigators have said there is no information to suggest that the Flint stabbing is part of a wider plot. The stabbing occurred five days after Ftouhi legally entered the Champlain, New York. Authorities have said 49-year-old Amor Ftouhi stabbed Neville with a large knife after saying something similar to "you have killed people in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, and we are all going to die".

Ftouhi attempted to buy a gun before the attack, but was unable to do so, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

The FBI said he bought a knife in the US but was unsuccessful in his attempt to buy a gun. The officer is recovering from a 12-inch gash to his neck.

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