Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland

US tourists injured in random acid attack in French city

Share this article

US tourists injured in random acid attack in French city
Saint-Charles train station where the attack took place. AFP
10:16 CEST+02:00
Two young female American tourists were sprayed with hydrochloric acid in the French city of Marseille on Sunday by a woman who appeared to have psychological problems, a police source said.
The attack occurred inside the Mediterranean port city's Saint-Charles train station at around 9.00 am.
The woman sprayed the tourists in the eyes, the source said, adding that she targeted the people closest to her and that the incident "was not of a terrorist nature".
The two injured tourists, both aged around 20, were travelling in a group of four. They were not targeted because of their nationality, the source added.
One of the two women was suffering from partial loss of vision. Both were admitted to hospital but were discharged in the afternoon.
The attacker was born in 1976 and was known to police for theft.
The police source said she had justified her actions by saying she herself had been the victim of an acid attack when she was younger.
Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

From our sponsors

Change the world with a master's degree from Sweden's Linköping University

Master's students at world-leading Linköping University (LiU) aren't there simply to study. They solve real-world problems alongside experts in fields that can create a better tomorrow. Do you have what it takes to join them?