Michigan airport evacuated after police officer injured

Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan, was evacuated on Wednesday after a police officer was stabbed in the neck in what a USA government official familiar with the situation said was being investigated as a possible act of terrorism.

The officer who was stabbed, Lieutenant Jeff Neville of the airport's Department of Public Safety, is in stable condition after undergoing surgery, according to a Michigan State Police spokeswoman. "The man has been taken into custody and is now being questioned".

Police posted on Twitter that the airport will remain closed until further notice.

The FBI has not made any determination but is investigating whether the airport stabbing is terrorism, a law enforcement official told CNN.

The attacker cried "Allahu Akbar" ("God is greatest"), witnesses and sources at the airport were quoted as saying.

The Michigan State Police said the officer was in critical condition. "All passengers are safe and are being evacuated at this time".

Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw says one person is in custody and nobody else is believed to have been involved.

"Right now we are still awaiting more information about the situation at Bishop Airport this morning", Mayor Karen Weaver said in a statement. The primarily regional airport, which had been evacuated, is "shut down and secure", Shaw said, and no other threats had been identified.

Airport and police officials didn't immediately respond to messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.

"The cop was on his hands and knees bleeding from his neck", Ken Brown, who was dropping his daughter off at the airport, told Michigan Live.

Witnesses described seeing the suspect led away in handcuffs by police, Neville bleeding and a knife on the ground.

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