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Testimony given against accused Flint airport stabber

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A ‘mission to kill and be killed’, that’s what the government says was Amor Ftouhi’s plan in June 2017 when he allegedly stabbed Lieutenant Jeff Neville inside of Bishop International Airport.{ }(Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

FLINT, Mich. - A federal attorney said was Amor Ftouhi was on a "mission to kill and be killed" in June 2017 when he allegedly stabbed Lieutenant Jeff Neville inside of Bishop International Airport.

For the first time Wednesday, the Federal Court in Flint heard from Richard Krul, a man who played a key role in stopping the attack from escalating further.

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

Richard Krul, a maintenance worker at Bishop International Airport, was hailed a hero on June 21.

He took the stand and recalled the chain of events that led up to Neville being stabbed and the events that followed.

Krul said he was walking alongside Neville when he heard him yell in agony. He looked over and saw Neville hunched over in pain.

He then saw a large knife he described as a “survival knife” go into Neville's shoulder area.

Krul said he was able to lock arms with Ftouhi, bring him to the ground and get on top of him. He said Neville was able to gain composure and help Krul hold Ftouhi down.

Krul said he found the luggage Ftouhi allegedly left behind and alerted officials to investigate.

He said his first thought was that there may have been an explosive inside.

In court the attorney showed the knife used in the attack, played the 911 call, and showed surveillance video from inside the airport on the day of the attack.

The prosecution said Ftouhi left a will for his wife and in Arabic he allegedly wrote that he loved her but loved Allah and jihad more.