Suspect in MI airport stabbing indicted

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The man accused of stabbing an airport police officer last month will appear in court this afternoon after being indicted by a federal grand jury, a court spokesman said.

Amor M. Ftouhi, a 49-year-old Tunisian national who resides in Montreal, is being held by federal authorities on a charge of violence at an global airport, which is punishable by up to 20 years behind bars. The objective of the grand jury is not to determine guilt or innocence, but to decide whether there is probable cause to prosecute a person for a crime.

Amor Ftouhi, 49, of Montreal, was previously charged with stabbing officer Jeff Neville at the Bishop International Airport in Flint on June 21. He was arrested at the scene.

Authorities consider it a possible act of terrorism. The airport was shut down for hours following the attack, but no one else was hurt.

Ftouhi is expected to be arraigned today in federal court. The charges carry a maximum penalty of up to life in prison.

Federal authorities say Ftouhi acted alone and that the suspect "wanted to identify" an worldwide airport to carry out his attack but officials declined to say what made him pick Flint.

Ftouhi legally entered the United States at Lake Champlain, New York, on June 16 before making his way to Flint, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

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