Ex-criminal turned back in Turkey attacks 3 French soldiers

February 3, 2015 6:57 PM

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PARIS (AP) — A former criminal who had been blocked by French and Turkish police from traveling along a route used by jihadi fighters on Tuesday allegedly attacked three French soldiers with a knife outside a Jewish community center in southern France, officials said.

France's counterterrorism agency last week flagged the suspect, Moussa Coulibaly, to Turkish authorities before he flew on Jan. 28 on a one-way ticket to Turkey, a transit point for jihadis from Europe to join Islamic extremist groups fighting in Syria and Iraq, one French security official said.

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