A group of young American tourists were hit with acid on Sunday in Marseille and the assailant was arrested, authorities said. The four victims, all in their early twenties, were hospitalized, two of them from shock.
The prosecutor’s office in Marseille said the attack occurred at Saint Charles, the city’s central train station. Two of the tourists were injured in the face and another one apparently has her eye injured , a spokeswoman for the agency said. The girls were in the place to take a train towards Paris.
The alleged assailant, a 41-year-old woman, was arrested , said the spokeswoman, who asked not to be identified. The localities of origin of the tourists were not immediately divulged.
The spokeswoman clarified that the suspect did not make any manifestation related to terrorism during its appearance , and there is not for the moment a clear link that indicates an attack, although it emphasized that no theory is emphasized in this part of the investigation.
Marseille is a city on the south coast of France, closer to Barcelona than Paris.
In a previous incident in the same city, the driver of a vehicle hit two bus stops last month, killing a woman, but authorities said it was not terrorism.
In April, police said they foiled an imminent “terrorist attack” and arrested two suspected extremists in Marseille just days before the first round of French presidential elections. Paris prosecutor François Molins told reporters that the two suspects “were willing to carry out an imminent attack” on French soil.
Last year, in Toulon, 50 kilometers from Marseille, several tourists reported being harassed and even beaten by their clothes in hot weather.