Four young American women—Boston College students studying abroad—were the victims of an acid attack. While at a train station in Marseille on Sunday, a 41-year-old woman threw acid on the students. The police do not think extremist views motivated the attack.
All four women were hospitalized. Two of them were hospitalized for shock, while the other two women had more serious facial injuries, a spokeswoman for the Marseille prosecutor’s office told The Associated Press. The prosecutor's office also said that the counter-terrorism division has decided not to assume jurisdiction over the investigation.
"The spokeswoman for the Marseille prosecutor’s office said the suspect did not make any extremist threats or declarations during the attack. She said there were no obvious indications that the woman’s actions were terror-related," reported The Washington Post.
A regional newspaper reported that the suspect had a history of mental health problems. That may have been the cause behind the attack. The newspaper also noted that suspect remained at the site of the attack instead of fleeing the scene.
The U.S. consulate is in contact with French authorities. Boston College has released details about their students. Three of the four young women, Courtney Silverling, Charlotte Kaufman, and Michelle Krug are enrolled in Boston College's Paris program. The fourth student, Kesley Korsten, was studying at Copenhagen Business School in Denmark.
"It appears that the students are fine, considering the circumstances, though they may require additional treatment for burns," said Nick Gozik, director of the college's Office of International Programs. "We have been in contact with the students and their parents and remain in touch with French officials and the U.S. Embassy regarding the incident."
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