Four female U.S. tourists attacked with acid in France

Sept. 17 (UPI) — A woman was arrested Sunday after four female U.S. tourists were attacked with acid in the main train station in Marseille, France.

Shortly after 11 a.m. at the St. Charles station, an unidentified 41-year-old woman sprayed the women, all 20 or 21, with hydrochloric acid, the French newspaper La Provence reported.

Two of the tourists, who were traveling between Marseille and Paris, were hit in the face and the other two also were hospitalized with shock.

The woman was arrested and detained by the police minutes after the attack, a police spokeswoman said. Police said the woman is believed to be psychologically disturbed and she did not know the victims.

The acid reportedly was in a spray canister generally used for cleaning.

“It was a horrific scene,” a witness, who declined to be named, told The Telegraph. “The Americans were screaming and people started rushing about. No one knew what was happening and these days everyone is on edge because of terrorism.”

Last month, a woman was killed in Marseille when a man deliberately drove a vehicle into two bus stops. Police said the attack was not terror-related.


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