An eight-year-old boy was run over by a train and killed at Frankfurt’s main station after a man pushed him and his mother on to the tracks.
The boy was killed on Monday as a high-speed ICE train was pulling into the station, one of Germany’s busiest.
Police said the mother was able to escape but the boy was hit and run over by the train and suffered fatal injuries, police spokeswoman Isabell Neumann said.
“The child was run over by the train … and died on the tracks,” police spokesman Thomas Hollerbach said. “The 40-year-old mother managed to roll to the side and save herself.”
The suspect then apparently tried unsuccessfully to push another person on to the track, police said.
The 40-year-old suspect fled the scene with passers-by in pursuit and was arrested near the station. He was later identified as an Eritrean citizen. There was no immediate information on his possible motive.
Neumann said there appeared to be no connection between the suspect and the victims.
The boy’s mother was taken to a hospital and also was being questioned. There was no immediate information on her injuries.
Several tracks were closed for several hours, leading to delays and cancellations.
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer issued a statement condemning “this appalling act in the strongest terms” and cautioning against drawing conclusions before more is known.
Seehofer said that in view of “several serious crimes” recently, he would interrupt his vacation and meet the heads of security authorities on Tuesday.
He didn’t specify what he was referring to, but Monday’s incident followed a case earlier this month in which a 34-year-old woman was pushed in front of a train and killed in Voerde in northern Germany.
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