Wednesday 18 October 2017

US airport stabbing: What we know so far about the attack on a police officer in Michigan

One man has been arrested as the FBI looks into terrorism as a possible motive.

By Isabel Togoh

The FBI is looking at terrorism as a possible motive after an officer was stabbed at an airport in the US.

Here is what we know so far:

What happened?

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A police officer was stabbed on Wednesday at an airport in Flint, Michigan, prompting an evacuation and closure of the site and increased security throughout the city.

Witnesses reported hearing the suspect saying “Allah akbar”, the Arabic phrase for “God is great”. Michigan State Police say they believe nobody else was involved and are investigating these claims.

One witness told The Flint Journal that he saw the victim “on his hands and knees and bleeding from the neck”.

Were any arrests made?

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One man was arrested and was described by onlookers as having a “blank” expression as he was led away in handcuffs.

What about the police officer?

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The victim was identified as Lt Jeff Neville, a member of the Bishop International Airport police.

He is now stable after being in a critical condition.

What happens next?

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Police said no other threats were identified, while the Mayor of the city, Karen Weaver, stated that the situation was under control.

The FBI is leading an investigation into the incident and considering terrorism as a motive for the attack, among other options.

First Lieutenant Mike Shaw from Michigan State Police has stressed that “everything is on the table”.

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