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FBI says stabbing suspect tried to buy gun

The FBI, which is leading the investigation, says Ftouhi crossed into the United States at Lake Champlain, N.Y., on June 16, and travelled to the airport on Wednesday morning. Emerging from a restroom later, Ftouhi pulled out the knife and starting stabbing Neville in the neck, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.Canadian police raided an apartment in Montreal, where Ftouhi is thought to have lived.Officials said Ftouhi yelled “Allahu Akbar”, meaning “God is great” in Arabic, pulled out the knife and stabbed Neville in the neck in a public area of the airport.He said on Wednesday there was no indication at this stage Ftouhi, who is about 50 years old, was involved in a “wider plot”.In this latest incident, the FBI’s Gelios said the Flint attacker was unknown to authorities.According to the affidavit, filed with a criminal complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Ftouhi entered the airport’s first level shortly before 9 a.m. carrying two bags. He is married and has three children. A bond hearing is set for next Wednesday.”Lt. Neville got him to stop stabbing him”, said Miller, who was nearby during the attack.”I never had any problems with him”. “Lt. Neville fought him right to the end, right until I was able to handcuff this person”.Piazza said he was surprised to hear his tenant was a suspect in the attack.His page also lists that he worked for a Canadian insurance company called Industrial Alliance.Airport Director Craig Williams said Thursday of the maintenance worker, “I believe he saved Jeff’s life”.After Ftouhi was taken into custody and interviewed by authorities, officials said it appears the suspect “has a hatred for the United States and a variety of other things that motivated him.to conduct this act of violence”.The prayer service was held to show support for Neville’s family and to also stand together as a community.He has been charged with committing an act of violence in an worldwide airport, which carries a penalty of 20 years behind bars.Licensed gun dealers first must put purchasers through an electronic background check of US law enforcement databases, which could make Canadians ineligible, said Brady Schickinger, director of the Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners.Radio-Canada reported that police questioned three people but did not search the apartment. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said President Donald Trump was briefed on the stabbing. Authorities are unsure why he chose to go to Flint specifically. “We now have no specific, credible information that there is a threat to the Flint community”. Police described him as “cooperative” and said he was talking to investigators. “We want to thank our Canadian partners who are helping us further investigate this attack”. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder responded to news of a possible link to terrorism by sounding a note of caution.