Woman burned in bus attack likely to survive

13th November 2006, Comments 0 comments

MARSEILLE, France, Nov 13, 2006 (AFP) - A woman horrifically burned in an arson attack on a bus in the southern French city of Marseille last month is likely to survive her injuries, though the prognosis remains delicate, doctors said Monday.

MARSEILLE, France, Nov 13, 2006 (AFP) - A woman horrifically burned in an arson attack on a bus in the southern French city of Marseille last month is likely to survive her injuries, though the prognosis remains delicate, doctors said Monday.

Mama Galledou, a 26-year-old French university student of Senegalese origin, suffered burns to 62 percent of her body when a gang of youths firebombed the bus she was travelling in with other passengers on October 28.

Since the attack, she has been hovering on the verge of death in an induced coma, but on Monday doctors at the hospital treating her issued a statement saying there was reason to think she would live.

"Her clinical state is stable. There are no organic complications. Localised treatment of her burns are continuing. Although the prognosis remains reserved, Mama is beginning to emerge from the most dangerous period," it said.

Police have arrested five minors and placed them under criminal investigation for allegedly carrying out the attack.

The firebombing occurred during a brief flare-up of violence in some parts of France that coincided with the one-year anniversary of the 2005 riots that gripped many downtrodden suburbs across the country.

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Subject: French news

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