Four American women were the targets of an acid attack this week outside a train station in Marseille, south of France. Two of the four women have been seriously injured while the remaining two have been hospitalized as a precaution as they are suffering from shock.
Authorities have ruled out the motive as terror-related (uh huh…) have noted that several terror attacks have been attempted in the city this year.
No further information on the attack has been released. We will keep you updated as the story develops.
According to NBC News, Two of the tourists were injured in the face in the attack in the city’s main Saint Charles train station and one of them has a possible eye injury, a spokeswoman for the Marseille prosecutor’s office told The Associated Press in a phone call.
The spokeswoman said the 41-year-old female suspect did not make any extremist threats or declarations during the attack. She said there were no obvious indications that the woman’s actions were terror-related, but added that officials could not be 100 percent sure about ruling out terror links at such an early stage of the investigation.
U.S. authorities in France are not immediately commenting further on what happened to protect the privacy of the American tourists, embassy spokesman Alex Daniels said.
Marseille is a port city in southern France that is closer to Barcelona than Paris.
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 say 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” on French territory.
Acid attacks SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN lightly! I can’t believe this hasn’t gotten more coverage. This is a known style for the Religion of Peace so I’m quite surprised to see that authorities are saying it’s not terror-related… but we’ll see about that. Here’s a quick video of some of the after math of an acid attack.