BREAKING NEWS: Three soldiers are stabbed while on anti-terror patrol at French Jewish community centre – and attacker has same surname as kosher deli killer
- Three soldiers attacked by man with knife in Nice, southern France
- Attacker said to have last name, Coulibaly, same as Kosher killer
- One man who stabbed the soldiers is detained, two others flee
- The soldiers were on anti-terror patrol at Jewish community centre
Attack: The three soldiers were patrolling a Jewish community centre in Nice, on the French Riviera, pictured, when one man attacked them with a knife, injuring two in the face and one in the arm
Three soldiers on an anti-terror patrol outside a Jewish community centre in Nice on the French Riviera have been attacked by a man with a knife.
The attacker is believed to be a man named Moussa Coulibaly, the same surname as the gunman who murdered a policewoman and four hostages in a Kosher deli in Paris last month.
The knifeman, said to be in his 30s, pulled an eight-inch blade out of a bag and attacked the soldiers, injuring two in the face and the third in the arm.
The attacker, who was carrying an ID card with the name Moussa Coulibaly, was detained after the attack, near the Galeries Lafayette department store, Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi said.
The surname, which is relatively common for families of Malian descent, is the same as that of the Amedy Coulibaly, who took hostages in a kosher supermarket in Paris and gunned down a policewoman last month.
The attacker pulled a knife out of a bag and set upon one of the soldiers, injuring him in the chin, police said, not confirming his identity.
The man then swiped two other soldiers – one in the cheek, the other in the forearm – before being apprehended by riot police stationed near the building.
He has a record of theft and violence, but the motive for the attack is not yet clear, an anonymous police official said.