Sunday, November 11, 2018
Michigan: Muslim who stabbed cop while screaming “Allahu akbar” cried when he heard his victim wasn’t dead
FLINT, MI – Amor Ftouhi cried when he learned that he didn’t complete his mission and failed to kill a Bishop Airport police officer, a federal agent testified during Ftouhi’s trial on Thursday, November 8.
The 3rd day of Ftouhi’s trial included testimony from federal agents and others who responded to the airport on June 21, 2017, and testimony from a Royal Canadian Police officer who searched Ftouhi’s apartment in Montreal.
Ftouhi plotted the attack because of financial difficulties and wanted to kill a police officer and then be killed to get into heaven, federal prosecutors allege.
He picked Bishop Airport because it would allow the world to learn of his support of al-Qaida and embolden others, according to testimony.
He's accused of stabbing airport police Lt. Jeff Neville with a 12-inch serrated knife Ftouhi bought for $15 after vendors wouldn’t let him buy a firearm at a gun and knife show.
"He asked us if the officer was dead. I responded with ‘I didn’t know,'" said Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Shadi Elreda, 1 of 3 agents who interrogated Ftouhi. "He put his head down and was crying. He said his intention was to kill the officer."
Neville survived the attack and is expected to testify during the trial.
"He said that he was here for his mission — his mission was to kill a US government employee," Elreda testified. "His mission was to kill and be killed. He said his mission wasn't over."
The date of June 21 was especially important to Ftouhi because it was "laylat al-qadr" – that means night of power — during Muslim’s holy month of Ramadan, prosecutors said. That's believed to be when the first verses of the Koran were brought to the Prophet Mohammad.
"He said he'd have a better chance of success and enter into heaven," Elreda said. "He said they needed to act against the enemies of Allah. He blamed the US government for their support of Israel."
Elreda told the court that Ftouhi asked Elreda to kill him multiple times during the interrogation
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