A woman with ‘deep psychological problems’ was in custody in the French city of Marseille Sunday after spraying four American tourists with acid and burning two in the face.
The horrifying attack took place shortly after 11 am at the Gare de Marseille-Saint-Charles station, where the party from the US was preparing to board a train.
The 41-year-old attacker used a cleaning substance-containing hydrochloric acid that she is thought to have picked up from a local DIY store.
After carrying out the assault, the woman displayed photos of her own burns, allegedly picked up in an earlier incident.
‘Two American women aged 20 were hit in the face, while the other two were sprayed in the legs, and were mainly suffering from shock,’ said a source close to the case.
‘The two with facial injuries were taken to the hospital, while the others were treated at the scene. They were also aged 20 or 21. The attacker wanted to show off photographs of her own injuries.
‘She was arrested at the scene and faces charges. She displayed clear signs of suffering from deep psychological problems.’
According to witnesses, no slogans were shouted out during the attack, and it was not thought to be terrorist-related.
Prosecutors have opened a criminal inquiry, while none of those involved have yet been named.
A spokeswoman for the prosecutor office said two of the tourists have been injured in the face and one of them has a possible eye injury.
She said all four of the tourists have been hospitalized, two of them for a shock.