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Attacker kills two women at Marseille railway station

Attacker kills two women at Marseille railway stationTwo women were stabbed to death and their assailant shot dead by soldiers in the southern French port city of Marseille on Sunday in what police sources described as a “likely terrorist act”.



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Woman sprayed at with acid in Marseille forgives attacker in Facebook post

Woman sprayed at with acid in Marseille forgives attacker in Facebook postA woman who, along with three friends, was sprayed at with acid while on holiday in Marseille, has posted a message of forgiveness on Facebook for her attacker. Courtney Siverling was targeted by “psychologically disturbed” attacker in Marseille’s main railway station yesterday in an attack which left two of her friends with facial burns. Although she was uninjured, she was treated for shock. The young woman wrote on Facebook: "Thank you so much to everyone who has reached out to see if I'm ok and/or has been praying for us. I did not receive any injuries from the attack in Marseille this morning and we are all safe. The French police and the U.S. Consulate have been wonderful and we are so thankful for that. "I pray that the attacker would be healed from her mental illness in the name of Jesus and receive the forgiveness and salvation that can only come from Him. "'This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.' Psalm 91:2". Michelle Krug, who was also targeted in the attack, asked for her Facebook friends to pray for the attacker. She wrote: "I want you all to know that my friends and I are doing okay. To fill in those who have not heard, three of my friends and I were attacked this morning at a Marseille train station by a woman suffering from a mental illness. She threw a weak solution of hydrochloric acid at us from a water bottle, which got in one of my eyes and one of my friend's eyes. We were all treated at a local hospital and are anticipating a quick recovery. "I ask that if you send thoughts and prayers our way, please consider thinking about/praying for our attacker so that she may receive the help she needs and deserves. Mental illness is not a choice and should not be villainized. "I'd like to thank the US Consulate, French police, and all of the wonderful people who helped us today and made us feel safe. "Looking forward to continuing this incredible opportunity to live and study in France!" What to do in an acid attack 01:20 The four women were Boston College juniors in their early 20s taking part in study abroad programmes, with three in the French capital and a fourth based in Copenhagen, Denmark. They were named by their university as Courtney Siverling, Charlotte Kaufman, Michelle Krug and Kelsey Kosten.    The director of the Boston College's Office of International Programs, Nick Gozik, said the women have been released from the hospital and "it appears that the students are fine, considering the circumstances". Police arrested a 41-year-old woman immediately after the attack at about 9am local time, judicial sources said. She was said to have a history of mental illness and a police record for theft. The victims, in their early 20s, were rushed to hospital and discharged later in the day. One suffered a partial loss of vision in one eye.  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. She stayed in the station after the attack and showed photographs of herself with burns, La Provence newspaper reported.    



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Woman arrested after four female US tourists attacked with acid in Marseille

Woman arrested after four female US tourists attacked with acid in MarseilleFour female US tourists have been attacked with acid in Marseille's main train station. The women, all in their 20s, were sprayed with hydrochloric acid, which hit two of them in the face and the other two hospitalised with shock. The attack took place at Saint-Charles station shortly after 11am on Sunday morning.  Local media reported that it was carried out by a woman believed to be unknown to the  holidaymakers, who were about to travel together  to Paris. The two women sprayed with acid in their faces are aged 20 and 21. One of the women may have an eye injury, a spokeswoman for the Marseille prosecutor’s office said. Reports say the acid was in a spray canister  of a kind generally used for cleaning. The attack is not thought to be terror-related. A  41-year-old woman was arrested and detained by the police. The assailant, believed by police to be psychologically disturbed, was arrested minutes after the attack, the spokewoman said.   More than a dozen firefighters rushed to the station in four emergency vehicles after the attack, a witness said. The witness, who declined to be named, told the Telegraph: “It was a horrific scene. The Americans were screaming and people started rushing about. No one knew what was happening and these days everyone is on edge because of terrorism.” A French security report revealed by local media this weekend warned that jihadists may try to attack or derail trains. A woman was killed in Marseille last month when a man deliberately drove a vehicle into two bus stops. Police said the attack was not terror-related. In April, police said they had thwarted a terrorist attack days before the first round of the presidential election by arresting two suspected jihadists in Marseille. The port city on France’s southern Mediterranean coast has a large immigrant population.  It is plagued by frequent shootouts between rival drugs gangs.



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Vehicle rams into bus shelters in Marseille kills one

Vehicle rams into bus shelters in Marseille kills oneA man who rammed a car into two bus shelters in southern France on Monday, killing at least one person, was known to police for minor crimes and had psychological issues, a police source said.



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One dead, one injured after car rams two bus shelters in Marseille in 'deliberate' act

One dead, one injured after car rams two bus shelters in Marseille in 'deliberate' actOne person has died in Marseille after a car crashed into people waiting at two different bus stops in the southern French port, police sources told French media. The suspected driver, reportedly a 35-year-old man known by authorities for petty crimes and mental health problems, was arrested shortly afterwards.  A man was left seriously injured. Yves Lefebvre, of the Unité SGP Police FO union, said: "It clearly looks like a deliberate act". French police secure the area in the French port city of Marseille after one person was killed and another injured after a car crashed into two bus shelters Credit: PHILIPPE LAURENSON/Reuters Judicial police in Marseille and Lyon have launched an investigation. "There is no evidence enabling (us) to qualify this as a terrorist attack," said Xavier Tarabeux, the Marseille prosecutor, adding that the "psychiatric line" was the most probable. BFM TV cited police sources as saying that at 9.15am, a white utility vehicle, which had been stolen on Monday morning, rammed a bus stop in the 11th arrondissement of Marseille , wounding a man in the  legs.  A few minutes later, in the 13th arrondissement, the same vehicle rammed another bus stop and slammed into a 40-year old woman who died on the spot. A white sheet is erected as a body of a victim is evacuated to a waiting ambulance while French forensic police officer search the crash site in Marseille  Credit: BORIS HORVAT/AFP A witness managed to take down the number plate and police seized the driver shortly afterwards. He was reportedly known for petty crimes, but unknown to French intelligence. Sources close to the investigation said he has "known mental health problems". Police have locked down an area  around Marseille's old port. #Marseille opération de police en cours, @PoliceNat13, évitez le secteur Vieux-Port boulevard Charles Livon.— Police nationale 13 (@PoliceNat13) August 21, 2017 According to Le Parisien, the suspect, who is not from Marseille, was known to police for "theft, violence, bearing arms and 'dining and dashing' (leaving restaurants without paying)".



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