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Jury selection kicks off trial in Michigan airport stabbing

FILE - This undated file photo released by the FBI, shows Amor Ftouhi, of Canada. Ftouhi was indicted in the stabbing of a police officer on June 21, 2017, at an airport in Flint, Mich. A judge has ordered federal marshals to use a "minimum amount of force" if necessary to bring Ftouhi to court for a final hearing before he faces trial in the stabbing. He's due in court again Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, to discuss the Nov. 5 trial. Ftouhi declined to leave his cell during a previous hearing in Flint federal court. (FBI via AP, File)

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Jury selection has begun in the trial of a man charged with terrorism in the stabbing of a Michigan airport police officer.

Amor Ftouhi (ah-MOOR’ fuh-TOO’-ee) is accused in the stabbing of Lt. Jeff Neville while yelling “Allahu Akbar ,” the Arabic phrase for “God is great.” Neville survived the June 2017 attack inside the Flint airport.

Jury selection began Tuesday and will resume Wednesday in federal court in Flint.

Ftouhi is a native of Tunisia who was living in Montreal . The government says he legally entered the U.S. at Champlain, New York, and attacked the officer five days later at the Flint airport, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northwest of Detroit.

Ftouhi is charged with three crimes, including an act of terrorism.

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