Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Four American women attacked with acid in Marseille railway station

Four American women attacked with acid in Marseille railway station

Four American women were attacked with acid outside a French train station today. The women, all in their 20s, were sprayed with hydrochloric acid, which hit two of them in the face and left the other two hospitalised with shock.

A 48-year-old woman was arrested and detained by the police.

Two of the US women suffered facial injuries in the attack, police said.

Marseille is a port city in southern France that is closer to Barcelona than Paris.

The tourists were hospitalized after the attack. Paris prosecutor Francois Molins told reporters the two suspects "were getting ready to carry out an imminent, violent action" on French territory.

The alleged attacker was arrested.

Limited information on the attack has been provided to the media by the Marseille prosecutor's office; however, the incident is not being treated as a terrorist act.

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