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.
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.
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.”
Germany’s Interior Minister, Horst Seehofer, cut his vacation short due to the incident and was due to address the public on Tuesday. He is set to meet Germany’s top security chiefs and discuss “[s]everal serious crimes during recent time.”
According to information cited by Germany’s DPA agency, the topics should also include attacks and threats against leftist politicians, the racist attack on an Eritrean man in Wächtersbach, and bombing threats against mosques in Germany.