updated 2/28/2009 7:11:32 AM ET 2009-02-28T12:11:32

Police have arrested an Egyptian in connection with an attack on an American teacher in the same Cairo tourist site where a bomb killed a French teenager a week earlier, Egyptian media reported Saturday.

The state-owned daily Al-Gomhuria reported that the alleged attacker, Abdel-Rahman Taher, 46, used a pocket knife to leave a one inch cut on the teacher's face.

He told police that he hated foreigners because of Israel's attacks on Gaza.

Opposition newspapers said the attacker had been recently released from a mental hospital.

The teacher worked at the American school in Alexandria and was in the famous Khan el-Khalil bazaar Friday when he was attacked.

On Feb. 22, a bomb in the same place killed a French teenager and wounded 24 others.

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