A 50-year-old Canadian man stabbed a transit police officer in the neck and back on Wednesday morning at an airport in Flint, Mich., in what the authorities called an “act of terrorism.”
The officer, Lt. Jeff Neville, was in satisfactory condition on Wednesday evening, an official said.
The suspect, who was taken into custody at the airport and questioned, was later identified as Amor Ftouhi, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s special agent in charge, David Gelios, said at a news conference. Mr. Ftouhi was charged with violence at an international airport.
Mr. Gelios also confirmed that the man shouted “Allahu akbar” (Arabic for “God is great”) before stabbing the officer with a 12-inch knife.
“Suffice it to say, he has a hatred for the United States and a variety of other things that in part motivated him to come to the airport today and conduct this act of violence,” Special Agent Gelios said.
The authorities said that Mr. Ftouhi had legally entered the United States on Friday in New York.
Michigan’s governor, Rick Snyder, offered his thoughts and prayers to Lieutenant Neville on Twitter, and later thanked emergency medical workers at the airport.
The airport is just minutes by car from the city center, and police officers were posted at City Hall as a precautionary measure after the stabbing, local reports said. The F.B.I. said that the attack was believed to be an isolated incident and that it had no “specific, credible information” of a threat to the Flint community.