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Canadian man arraigned in officer's stabbing at Flint airport

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Sketch of Amor Ftouhi during court appearance on July 5, 2017 (Credit Carole Kabrin) Sketch of Amor Ftouhi during court appearance on July 5, 2017 (Credit Carole Kabrin)
FLINT, MI (WNEM/AP) -

A 49-year-old Canadian man has been arraigned in connection with the stabbing of a police officer at an airport in Flint.

Amor Ftouhi was arraigned Wednesday in federal court in Flint on charges of committing an act of violence at an international airport and interfering with airport security.

A judge entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf.

Ftouhi, of Quebec, was arrested June 21 after Lt. Jeff Neville was attacked at the airport.

Authorities say Ftouhi referenced killings in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan and yelled "Allahu Akbar," the Arabic phrase for "God is great."

TV5 reporter Samaia Hernandez reports Ftouhi also said the same phrase five times while walking into court on July 5.

The stabbing occurred five days after Ftouhi legally entered the U.S. at Champlain, New York. The FBI said he bought a knife in the U.S.

Ftouhi is facing life in prison if convicted on both charges.

David Ashenfielder, district court spokesperson, said it could be a while before there is any sort of resolution.

"His lawyers going to be filing motions. The governments going to be filing motions. At some point, we'll get to the point where there's either a plea or there's a request for a trial by jury or by the judge. That could be months off," Ashenfielder said.

Neville has been released from a hospital.

Airport workers are credited with subduing Ftouhi and saving Neville's life.

Click here to read the indictment.

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