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Federal prosecutors have added a terrorism charge to the case of a man who is accused of stabbing a police officer at a Michigan airport last June.

Amor Ftouhi is a native of Tunisia who lives in Canada. He’s charged with stabbing an officer in the neck at Flint’s Bishop International Airport while yelling “Allahu Akbar,” the Arabic phrase for “God is great.”

The government added a charge Wednesday: committing an act of terrorism transcending national boundaries. The maximum penalty is life in prison.

A message seeking comment was left for Ftouhi’s attorney.

Ftouhi, a Montreal resident, legally entered the U.S. at Champlain, New York. Five days later, investigators say he arrived at the Flint airport by van and stabbed Lt. Jeff Neville, who survived.

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