This story begins like many others. A law enforcement official was attacked. The attacker, authorities said, wasn’t a terrorist and this wasn’t terrorism. Then witnesses confirm that the man was screaming “Allahu Akbar,” during the attack. Only this time, it isn’t Paris, or London, or Brussels. It was Bishop Airport in Flint, Michigan.
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The FBI is investigating the incident. The cop, Lt. Jeff Neville, works at the airport. He’s the one who was stabbed in the neck. The man who stabbed him was arrested. He’s not been identified. The airport was evacuated.
The Daily Mail is reporting that the attacker is Canadian. The weapon in this attack is being described as a large, Bowie style knife.
Officer Neville was listed in critical condition when he was admitted into the hospital, but has since been upgraded to stable. The attacker stabbed him from behind, and he lost s significant amount of blood.
Witnesses on scene described seeing the officer on his hands and knees, bleeding from his neck. The attacker didn’t attempt to attack anyone else. He reportedly dropped his knife and stood there with a blank expression while he was taken into custody.
Because of the nature of the attack, the airport is being combed for bombs. Dogs have been brought in to help with the effort.
The FBI, acting out of an abundance of caution, say the motive for the attack remains unclear. Because this is an attack on a law enforcement officer, they have jurisdiction, but they are not willing to call it terrorism yet.
“The FBI, with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners, is jointly investigating this incident to determine the nature and motive for the attack,” an FBI spokesman said.
“We are aware of reports that the attacker made statements immediately prior to or while attacking the officer, but it is too early to determine the nature of these alleged statements or whether or not this was an act of terrorism.”