Three French Counter Terrorism Officers Attacked While Guarding Jewish Center

The knife-wielding assailant has been arrested.

Three counter terrorism officers patrolling outside a Jewish community center in Nice were attacked by a knife-wielding assailant on Tuesday, authorities said.

The attack wounded one soldier in the arm and another in the face, according to Le Monde.

The assailant was arrested, according to city's mayor, Christian Estrosi, who tweeted his thanks to the courageous police and transport officers who detained the suspect.

Merci aux courageux niçois, aux agents du tramway et à @PMdeNice qui ont permis l'interpellation de l'auteur de l'agression des militaires

Thousands of police and soldiers have been deployed across France to guard Jewish and Muslim sites in the wake of the deadly Paris terrorist attacks on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper and kosher supermarket in January.

Multiple reports identified the Nice attacker as Moussa Coulibaly, who has the same surname as the man who launched the deadly siege on the Paris kosher supermarket.

On Twitter, Mayor Estrosi denounced the attack and called for the attacker to face the full weight of the law.

Je dénonce fermement l’agression violente contre les deux militaires et demande des sanctions très lourdes contre la personne interpellée !