Thursday 21 June 2018

Four tourists attacked with acid in France

Train station in Marseille
Train station in Marseille

Philippe Sotto in Paris

Four young American tourists were attacked with acid by a 41-year-old woman at a French railway station yesterday but police have dismissed any extremist link.

Two of the four women suffered facial injuries during the late morning attack at Marseille's Saint Charles station and one of the two also had a possible eye injury.

All four of the women, who are in their 20s and students at Boston College in Massachusetts, were hospitalised, two of them for shock. The suspect was taken into police custody.

The suspect did not make any extremist threats or declarations during the attack and there are no indications the woman's actions were terror related.

The Marseille fire department was alerted just after 11am and dispatched four vehicles and 14 firefighters to the railway station.

Two of the Americans were "slightly injured" with acid but did not require emergency medical treatment at the scene.

Regional newspaper 'La Provence', quoting unidentified police officials, reported that the suspect had a history of mental health problems and noted that she remained at the site of the attack without trying to flee.

Irish Independent

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