French anti-terror soldiers attacked outside Jewish community center

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( French soldiers on anti-terrorism patrol were attacked by a knife-wielding man outside of a Jewish community center in southern French city of Nice on Tuesday.

French police said the attacker pulled approximately 8-inch knife on the soldiers, lightly wounding three before being apprehended. 

According to Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi, the attacker had an identity card with the name Moussa Coulibaly, the same surname as the terrorist who recently killed four hostages at a kosher supermarket in Paris, The Associated Press reported. It is unclear if the two are related, as the surname is common among people from Mali.  

The injured soldiers were part of an anti-terror patrol deployed by the French government following last month’s terrorist attacks around Paris. Some 10,000 soldiers have been dispatched throughout France, in addition to 4,700 police officers deployed at more than 700 Jewish schools in the country.

Posted on February 3, 2015 .