Three soldiers conducting an anti-terror patrol in a Jewish center in the southern French city of Nice were attacked by a man with a knife Tuesday, a French police union official said.
Local reports said the three were guarding the Jewish Consistory of Nice, a local Jewish radio called Radio Shalom and the local Israeli association.
Police Union official Sarah Baron said the extent of the soldiers’ injuries is not yet clear. She said the attacker was detained but two people with him are believed to have fled after the stabbing in the city center, near the Galeries Lafayette department store.
Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi said the attacker had an identity card with the name Moussa Coulibaly.
The surname, which is relatively common for families of Malian descent, is the same as that of the man who seized hostages in a kosher supermarket in Paris and gunned down a policewoman last month.
France has been on high alert since the attacks in the Paris region by three Islamic extremists that left 20 people dead, including the gunmen. More than 10,000 soldiers have been deployed around the country to protect sensitive locations, including major shopping areas, synagogues, mosques and transit hubs.
Patrols guarding Jewish schools and embassies have been stepped up across France in wake of the deadly Paris shooting at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket.