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Flint – A judge has ordered federal marshals to use a “minimum amount of force” if necessary to bring a man to court for a final hearing before he faces trial in the stabbing of a Flint airport police officer .

Amor Ftouhi declined to leave his cell during a previous hearing in Flint federal court. He’s due in court again Thursday to discuss the Nov. 5 trial.

Ftouhi is charged with committing an act of violence at an airport and interfering with security. The Montreal man is a native of Tunisia in Africa.

He’s accused of stabbing Lt. Jeff Neville while yelling “Allahu Akbar,” the Arabic phrase for “God is great.” Neville survived the attack in June 2017.

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