Boston College students attacked with acid in France

18 September, 2017, 00:37 | Author: Ora Austin
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Four American women were attacked with acid in Marseille's main train station in France on Sunday, the city's prosecutor's office said.

The female American tourists were sprayed with hydrochloric acid by a 41-year-old at 11am this morning at Saint-Charles station, French media report. The spokeswoman told the AP that the suspect did not make extremist threats. "For now, nothing suggests that this was a terrorist attack".

Two of the tourists suffered injuries to their faces and one may have damage to her eye injury.

"We are seeing some links - although it has to be treated with caution because it's a small data set - of a growing feature between named suspects in acid attacks who also feature in our gang matrix", Mackey said. The prosecutor's office in the capital, which has responsibility for all terror-related cases in France, did not explain the reasoning behind the decision. The women were not immediately identified.

Since November 2015, France has been on high alert after coordinated multi-site attacks killed at least 130 people in Paris.

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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.

Regional newspaper La Provence, quoting unidentified police officials, reported that the suspect had a history of mental health problems and noted that she remained at the site of the attack without trying to flee.

Kaufman, Krug, and Silverling are now enrolled in BC's Paris program, and Kosten is a student at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark, according to Boston College.

Two of the women were taken to a hospital, police said. The teenagers were arrested on suspicion of robbery and of causing grievous bodily harm.



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