France acid attack victims were all Americans


A group of Boston College students was doused with hydrochloric acid by a woman outside a French train station Sunday, according to the Boston Globe.

The four women — identified as Courtney Siverling, Charlotte Kaufman, Michelle Krug and Kesley Korsten — were traveling from Marseilles to Paris at around 11 a.m. when the 41-year-old mentally ill woman hurled the acid at them outside the Saint-Charles train station. The crazed woman, who remains unnamed, was arrested at the scene. Police are not considering the incident as a terror attack, due to a prior history of mental illness.

The four women were taken to the hospital. While two students were treated for facial injuries, the other two students were treated for shock, according to a spokeswoman for the Marseille prosecutor’s office. It’s also been reported that one of the women may have suffered eye damage.

“It appears that the students are fine, considering the circumstances, though they may require additional treatment for burns,” Nick Gozik, director of BC’s Office of International Programs, said in the statement. “We have been in contact with the students and their parents and remain in touch with French officials and the US Embassy regarding the incident.”

Three of the young women were enrolled in the college’s Paris Program, and Korsten attended the BU-affiliated Copenhagen Business School in Denmark.

Last month, a van driven by a man with psychiatric problems rammed into two bus stops in the French port city, killing one woman and injuring another.

In July, five men were attacked with acid in London, with one suffering life-changing facial injuries in what authorities categorized as linked assaults.

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