Acid attack on USA students 'not terror-related'

Laura Christensen
September 18, 2017

The four women were at a train station in Marseille and were headed to Paris when they were attacked, police said, adding that authorities did not believe the incident was terror-related.

Last month, a woman was killed in Marseille when a man deliberately drove a vehicle into two bus stops. She did not release more details about the victims, including where in the United States the tourists live.

The spokeswoman spoke on condition of anonymity, per the custom of the French judicial system.

In April, French police said they thwarted an imminent "terror attack" and arrested two suspected radicals in Marseille, USA Today reported.

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

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The prosecutor's office could not be reached for comment but told France 3 that one of the women had been hit in the eye with acid and had trouble seeing.

La Provence, the main local newspaper, quoted police sources as saying that after the attack, the suspect had displayed pictures of herself with burns on her body.

In London this year, two teenage boys went on a violent, 72-hour spree in the northeast, spraying acid on five people, authorities said.

There was no immediate information on where the US tourists are from.

According to reports, a 41-year-old has been arrested by police but as yet the motive of the attack has not been revealed, leaving investigators to determine whether it was a random act or not.

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