The police secured a platform at Frankfurt Central Station on July 29, 201
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – A 40-year-old Eritrean pushed an eight-year-old boy to an oncoming train at Frankfurt's main train station on Monday and killed him, police said.
The man also squeezed the boy's mother, but she survived. The police knew nothing of a connection between the man and the victims and his motive was unclear, said a police spokeswoman.
"According to witnesses, a 40-year-old man put the boy and his mother on the track when the ICE (high speed train) arrived. Thankfully, the mother could save herself, "said spokeswoman Isabell Neumann told reporters.
"Unfortunately, the eight-year-old boy was run over by the ICE. He suffered fatal injuries, "she added. "The man involved … fled the ward after the crime. Passers-by took up the persecution and the man was arrested near the train station.
Neumann said the suspect is questioned. The boy's mother was taken to the hospital and also interviewed. The Frankfurt police said on Twitter that the alleged perpetrator is an Eritrean citizen.
Several platforms at Frankfurt Central Station, an important railway junction in Germany, were closed after the incident.
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