Four American tourists attacked with acid at a train station in Marseille

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Four young American tourists were attacked with acid on Sunday at a railway station in Marseille,of France.

A 41-year-old woman, considered the alleged assailant, was arrested, according to the prosecutor’s office.

The four women victims, said to be in their 20’s, were in the Gare de Marseille-Saint-Charles train station when the acid attack happened; a spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Two of the women had the corrosive liquid sprayed in their face; leaving one with a possible eye injury.

The attack was “not terror-related and the Americans were not targeted because of their nationality”, according to a police source.

According to the Telegraph, 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.

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.