United States tourists attacked with acid in France

BREAKING: Four tourists have 'acid thrown in their faces' outside train station

The United States embassy in Paris says diplomatic staff in France is in contact with French authorities about the acid attack on four American women.

Four female American tourists in the 20s were attacked with acid Sunday in the French city of Marseille, the local prosecutor's office said.

The women were sprayed with acid by a 41-year-old woman who has been detained by police, according to the Marseille prosecutor's office.

The attack is not believed to be terror related as the attacker did not yell out any terror-linked threats, a spokeswomen for the prosecutor's office said.

All four victims were hospitalized, two having suffered shock and one having a potential eye injury.

The attacker, a woman in her 40s, was arrested at the scene. She spoke on condition of anonymity, per the French judicial system.

In previous incidents in Marseille, a driver deliberately rammed into two bus stops last month, killing a woman, but officials said it wasn't terror-related. No information is available at this time as to where in the US the tourists are from.

Marseille is a port city in southern France that is closer to Barcelona than Paris.

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