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4 US tourists were attacked with acid outside a train station in southern France


Updated September 17, 2017 02:39 PM EDT

French authorities said Sunday that they are not investigating the acid attack on four American women in the city of Marseille as an act of terrorism.

The attack occurred around 11am local time Sunday morning at the Saint-Charles train station in Marseille.

An embassy spokesman confirmed that all four victims were women in their 20s. Two of the American women suffered from minor injuries to the face and eyes, according to police.

A 41-year-old woman was arrested in connection with the incident, according to ABC News.

The United States embassy in Paris said its staff has been in contact with French authorities in regards to the attack.

Four young female U.S. tourists were attacked with acid outside a train station in Marseille, which is a port city in southern France.

The victims, who are all in their early twenties, were traveling between Marseille and Paris Sunday when an unidentified 41-year-old woman sprayed them with hydrochloric acid outside the Saint Charles train station, according to La Provence newspaper. The BBC reports that the mentally unstable attacker was arrested.

A spokeswoman for the Marseille prosecutor's office said two of the tourists sustained facial injuries and one of them has a possible eye injury. All four, however, were hospitalized.

The spokeswoman added that although there were no immediate indications that the attack was terror-related, officials cannot rule out a terror link at this stage of the investigation.

Officials did not release any immediate information on where the U.S. tourists are from.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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