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Lyon Anti-Semitic Attacker Turns Himself In

Lead suspect in custody with four others for beating Jews outside synagogue
By Gabe Kahn
First Publish: 6/8/2012, 1:22 PM

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Israel Radio reported late Thursday that the lead suspect in last weekend’s anti-Semitic attacks in Lyon, France has turned himself in to police.

The suspect and 10 others attacked three people as they left the Beit Menachem Jewish school on Saturday night.

The French Interior ministry said the assailants wielded a hammer and an iron bar.

One victim sustained an open wound to the head, and another suffered a neck injury. Both men wore Jewish skullcaps.

France's national agency tasked with fighting anti-Semitism said the attackers were likely of North African extraction. The agency said the attackers shouted anti-Semitic insults at the victims before attacking them.

Five of the suspected assailants are now in police custody.

France, home to western Europe’s largest Jewish community, estimated at about 500,000 people, was shaken in March when a radical Islamist shot dead a rabbi and three Jewish children in southwestern Toulouse.