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American tourists attacked with acid in Marseille, 2 injured

Police said the attack didn’t appear to be terror-related and that the attacker appeared to be mentally unstable.

world Updated: Sep 17, 2017 23:37 IST
Marseille,Acid attack,France
People watch a movie on a beach at night in Marseille, France, on September 13, 2017. A woman attacked four tourists with acid at a train station in Marseille, injuring two.(Reuters)

A woman threw acid at four female American tourists at a train station in the French city of Marseille on Sunday, an attack police said they did not believe was terrorism-related.

Two of the women, in their early twenties, were treated in hospital for burns to their faces, police said. The tourists were on their way from the southern city to Paris.

One of the two women was suffering from partial loss of vision.

The attacker, a woman in her 40s, was arrested at the scene. Investigators have for now ruled out a terrorist motive and said they believe the attacker may be mentally disturbed, a police official said

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.

First Published: Sep 17, 2017 21:17 IST