Sunday, 5 December 2021

France acid attack: Four US tourists hospitalised in Marseille


PARIS: A woman has been arrested after four young American tourists were attacked with acid at a train station in the French city of Marseille.

Authorities do not think extremist views motivated the attack, which happened late on Sunday morning (local time) at the Saint Charles train station.

All four of the women, who are in their 20s, were hospitalised but later released.

The victims were students at Boston College in Massachusetts.

The private Jesuit university said the women were treated for burns, and were all studying abroad, three of them at the college’s Paris program.

The director of the college’s Office of International Programs, Nick Gozik, said the women had been released from the hospital and “it appears that the students are fine, considering the circumstances”.


The Paris prosecutor’s office said its counter-terrorism division had decided for the time being not to assume jurisdiction for investigating the attack.

The spokeswoman for the Marseille prosecutor’s office said the 41-year-old suspect did not make any extremist threats or declarations during the attack.

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.

A spokesman for the United States embassy in Paris said the US consulate in Marseille was in contact with French authorities.

In previous incidents in Marseille, a driver deliberately rammed into two bus stops last month, killing a woman, but officials said it wasn’t terror-related.

In April, French police said they thwarted an imminent “terror attack” and arrested two suspected radicals in Marseille just days before the first round of France’s presidential election.

Paris prosecutor Francois Molins told reporters the two suspects “were getting ready to carry out an imminent, violent action”.

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