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Suspect in MI airport stabbing to remain in detention

Suspect in MI airport stabbing to remain in detention

Ftouhi, a native of Tunisia, is charged with committing violence at the Flint airport.

Looking around the packed courtroom and repeating "Allahu Akbar" twice, Amor M. Ftouhi, the man accused of stabbing a cop in the neck at Flint Bishop Airport appeared in federal court Wednesday for a detention hearing. Officials said Ftouhi targeted a city with an worldwide airport, but declined to say why Flint was chosen.

During the brief appearance, this morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephanie Dawkins Davis, Ftouhi's attorney Joan Morgan agreed to no bond.

A federal defender for Ftouhi conceded to no bond.

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Before the court moved to recess, Morgan made clear to the judge that Ftouhi - who appeared in court Wednesday with an Arabic translator - could understand English well, but needed either a French or Arabic interpreter for "help with legal terms". Ftouhi shared that he doesn't use drugs or alcohol, has no mental or physical health problems and that he last worked two weeks ago.

The FBI says Ftouhi bought a knife during his five days in the USA but was unsuccessful when he tried to buy a gun. Officials wouldn't share where he attempted to purchase the gun but noted that Ftouhi, who legally entered the USA through NY on June 16, arrived in MI on the Sunday prior to the Wednesday attack.

In this undated photo released by the FBI, Amor Ftouhi is shown.