The FBI is investigating a possible terrorist attack at Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan after a police officer was stabbed in the neck and back on Wednesday at around 9:40 a.m. local time. The officer, whom authorities identified as Lieutenant Jeff Neville, was originally in critical condition, but has since upgraded to stable condition after receiving surgery. NBC reports that Neville, a father of two, has worked at Bishop International for more than 15 years.
According to the FBI, the suspect has been taken into custody and questioned by law enforcement. In a statement on Wednesday, the FBI said the stabbing, which took place outside the TSA screening area, was an “isolated incident,” adding: “We currently have no specific, credible information that there is a threat to the Flint community.” After safely evacuating passengers, the airport was closed until further notice, but has since re-opened, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
The most significant evidence linking the incident to terrorism are reports that the suspect yelled “Allahu akbar,” or “Allah is the greatest,” before stabbing Neville with a large knife. The reports have since been made public in a criminal complaint from FBI Special Agent Thomas Sondgeroth, who added that the suspect “continued to yell ‘Allah’ several times” after stabbing Neville. According to Sondgeroth, the suspect also exclaimed something along the lines of, “You killed people in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. We’re all going to die.” On Wednesday, the FBI said it was “too early to determine the nature of these alleged statements or whether or not this was an act of terrorism.” A local authority recently told CNN that the attacker was targeting law enforcement.