Four young American women were attacked with hydrochloric acid inside the Saint-Charles train station in Marseille, France. Two were injured in the face, and one has a possible eye injury. The others were hit in the legs. All have been taken to hospital.
The victims were all in their twenties, and a 41-year-old woman has been arrested in connection to the crime.
Sky News said the attack is not believed to be terror-related since a prosecutor’s office spokeswoman said the suspect “did not make any extremist threats or declarations during the incident.” She added they could not be certain though since they were still in “an early stage of the investigation.”
Acid attacks happen in many parts of the world, but until recently have been more common in South Asia and Islamic cultures. Marseille, the second largest city in the country, is considered a main gateway into France. It has a large number of immigrants, and over 200,000 practitioners of Islam, giving it the largest Muslim population in France.
The acid attacker has not been identified yet, but Sky News quoted a police source as saying “the suspect appeared to have psychological problems.”