German police arrested a man after he allegedly shoved a boy and his mother onto train tracks at Frankfurt railway station. The child was hit by a train and lost his life. The motive was not immediately clear.
An eight-year-old boy was killed when a man apparently pushed him and his mother from a train platform at Frankfurt’s main railway station, German police said on Monday. The boy’s mother survived the incident.
An Eritrean man has been arrested over the attack, which happened on Monday morning.
The 40-year-old attacker also tried to push another man onto the train tracks as the high-speed train was approaching, but the would-be victim managed to move away, according to preliminary information shared by the police. The authorities have opened a murder probe.
Passers-by capture suspect
The suspect tried to flee the scene and managed to exit the station, but passers-by held him up outside the building. The motive for the attack was not immediately clear, and the police believe the suspect did not know his victims. Investigators are looking for additional witnesses and information.
Commenting on the incident, the premier of the state of Hessen, Volker Bouffier, said he was “stunned” by the “revolting act.”