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French Soldiers Attacked by Man With Knife Near Jewish Center in Nice

By    |   Tuesday, 03 Feb 2015 08:00 PM

A man with a knife attacked three French soldiers Tuesday outside a Jewish community center in the city of Nice.

The soldiers suffered minor injuries, the BBC reported. The attacker and one other suspect were arrested in connection with the attack.

The soldiers were guarding the Jewish community center as part of heightened security measures following the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris in January.

"It seems like a premeditated and quite violent act," regional police chief Marcel Autier said, according to Reuters.

The suspect, in his 30s, had been questioned by French authorities after traveling to Turkey and being sent back by Turkish authorities, Reuters said.

Prior to the attack, the suspect had been traveling on a tram without a ticket.

"He paid his fine, but refused to show his identity papers,” Mayor Christian Estrosi said, according to Reuters. “He got out suddenly near the soldiers and with a sharp knife struck the cheek of one and arm of another."

The suspect, Moussa Coulibaly, shares the same last name as one of the terrorists accused in last month’s Paris attacks but officials couldn’t confirm whether the two are related. Coulibaly is a relatively common name.

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A man with a knife attacked three French soldiers Tuesday outside a Jewish community center in the city of Nice.The soldiers suffered minor injuries, the BBC reported. The attacker and one other suspect were arrested in connection with the attack.
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