Four females US tourists were attacked in the main railway station in Marseille, south of France, just after 11 am local time today. The attacker sprayed their faces with hydrochloric acid.
Two of the young women suffered facial injuries and the two other travellers, all in their twenties, were left nursing burns following the attack. Marseille prosecutor’s office has released a statement on the incident, saying that one of the young female tourists has a possible eye injury.
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The female tourists were in the Gare Saint-Charles station in Marseille just after 11am this morning when a 41-year-old female attacker came up to them and for no apparent reason sprayed them with hydrochloric acid.
If strongly concentrated, hydrochloric acid can cause severe burns. It can also be dangerous if it comes into contact with a person's eye, which seems to have been the case here.
The four victims of the incident were American women who were travelling as a party between the major French cities of Paris and Marseille.
The acid was allegedly in a spray canister sold in DIY shops for cleaning purposes. Local French media say the acid hit two girls in the face leaving them with facial burns, while two others are in shock. A female suspect was arrested by police. According to local Marseille newspaper La Provence, she was also suffering from burns.
The two tourists that suffered the worst burns, believed to be 20 and 21, were immediately taken to hospital.
Police stated they do not believe the attack is terror related. A spokeswoman did not release any further details about the victims or the suspect. There was no immediate information on where in the US the tourists were from.
French daily Le Parisien has released more details about the suspect. It would appear to be a woman of 40 years old who is known for several theft crimes and has mental issues.