“He asked us if the officer was dead. I responded with ‘I didn’t know.’ He put his head down and was crying. He said his intention was to kill the officer….He said that he was here for his mission — his mission was to kill a United States government employee. His mission was to kill and be killed. He said his mission was not over. He said he would have a better chance of success and enter into heaven. He said they needed to act against the enemies of Allah. He blamed the United States government for their support of Israel.”

He cried because he failed. “His mission was to kill and be killed.” Why was that his mission? Because the Qur’an promises Paradise to those who kill and are killed: “Indeed, Allah has purchased from the believers their lives and their properties, for that they will have Paradise. They fight in the cause of Allah, so they kill and are killed.” (9:111)

He didn’t kill, and he wasn’t killed, so he failed doubly. He did, however, try to fix one aspect of that: “Elreda told the court that Ftouhi asked Elreda to kill him multiple times during the interrogation.”

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“Alleged Flint airport stabber’s will said he loved Jihad more than wife,” by Dominic Adams, MLive, November 8, 2018:

FLINT, MI – Amor Ftouhi cried when he learned that he didn’t complete his mission and failed to kill a Bishop Airport police officer, a federal agent testified during Ftouhi’s trial on Thursday, Nov. 8….

…The third day of Ftouhi’s trial included testimony from federal agents and others who responded to the airport on June 21, 2017, and testimony from a Royal Canadian Police officer who searched Ftouhi’s apartment in Montreal….

Ftouhi plotted the attack because of financial difficulties and wanted to kill a police officer and then be killed to get into heaven, federal prosecutors allege.

He picked Bishop Airport because it would allow the world to learn of his support of al-Qaida and embolden others, according to testimony.

He is accused of stabbing airport police Lt. Jeff Neville with a 12-inch serrated knife Ftouhi bought for $15 after vendors wouldn’t let him buy a firearm at a gun and knife show….

“He asked us if the officer was dead. I responded with ‘I didn’t know,'” said Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Shadi Elreda, one of three agents who interrogated Ftouhi. “He put his head down and was crying. He said his intention was to kill the officer.”

Neville survived the attack and is expected to testify during the trial….

“He said that he was here for his mission — his mission was to kill a United States government employee,” Elreda testified. “His mission was to kill and be killed. He said his mission was not over.”

The date of June 21 was especially important to Ftouhi because it was “laylat al-qadr” – which means night of power — during Muslim’s holy month of Ramadan, prosecutors said. That is believed to be when the first verses of the Koran were brought to the Prophet Mohammad.

“He said he would have a better chance of success and enter into heaven,” Elreda said. “He said they needed to act against the enemies of Allah. He blamed the United States government for their support of Israel.”

Elreda told the court that Ftouhi asked Elreda to kill him multiple times during the interrogation….

Article posted with permission from Robert Spencer

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