FYI: Marseilles is a heavily-populated Muslim area of France. Police are refusing the reveal identity of the woman, even though she is an adult, but immediately said she has “mental problems” and isn’t linked to any Islamic terrorist groups. (And they are sure of this because why?)
Telegraph (h/t Brenda K) Four American women were sprayed with acid by a “psychologically disturbed” attacker in Marseille’s main railway station yesterday, leaving two with facial burns. Police arrested a 41-year-old woman immediately after the attack at about 9am local time, judicial sources said.
She was said to have a history of mental illness and a police record for theft. The victims, in their early 20s, were rushed to hospital and discharged later in the day. One suffered a partial loss of vision in one eye. Two other members of their group were also attacked but did not get acid in their faces and were treated for shock.
The attack was “not terror-related and the Americans were not targeted because of their nationality”, according to a police source.
The assailant, who reportedly used a canister of cleaning fluid containing hydrochloric acid, told detectives that she herself had been attacked with acid when she was younger. (See video and photos below)
The witness, who declined to be named, said: “It was a horrific scene. The Americans were screaming and people started rushing about. No one knew what was happening and these days everyone is on edge because of terrorism.
Acid and corrosive products are increasingly being used as weapons in European countries, including Britain. There were more than 450 acid attacks in London last year.
“The station was quite crowded and there was a bit of panic and confusion but the police arrived very quickly.” France has been under a state of emergency since the Paris attacks of November 2015, claimed by the Islamic State (ISIS) .
Security has been tightened at railway stations and airports because of Islamist threats to target transport hubs. A French security report revealed by local media this weekend warned that jihadists may try to attack or derail trains.
ALL THE BELOW ACID ATTACK VICTIMS ARE MUSLIM WOMEN