Man pushes boy in front of train in Germany, killing him

Policemen and fireworkers hold a white blanket as a visual cover at the site of a deadly attack at the railway station in Frankfurt am Main, on July 29, 2019.
Policemen and fireworkers hold a white blanket as a visual cover at the site of a deadly attack at the railway station in Frankfurt am Main, on July 29, 2019. PHOTO: AFP

FRANKFURT (REUTERS) - A 40-year-old Eritrean man pushed an eight-year-old boy in front of an oncoming train at Frankfurt's main train station in Germany on Monday (July 29), killing him, police said.

The man also pushed the boy's mother but she survived.

Police were unaware of any connection between the man and the victims and his motive was unclear, a police spokeswoman said.

"According to witness reports, a 40-year-old man pushed the boy and his mother onto the track just as the ICE (high-speed train) was arriving. The mother, thank God, was able to save herself," the 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 concerned ... fled the station after the crime. Passers-by took up the chase and the man was detained near the station." Neumann said the suspect was being questioned. The boy's mother was taken to hospital and would also be questioned.

Frankfurt police said on Twitter the suspected perpetrator was an Eritrean citizen.

Several platforms at Frankfurt station, a major rail hub in Germany, were closed after the incident.