Boy, 8, dies after he and his mother pushed onto tracks at German train station

An eight-year-old boy has died after he and his mother were deliberately pushed onto the tracks at a German train station.

The incident occurred on Monday morning (local time) at Frankfurt's main station, which is one of the busiest in the country.

Witnesses saw a man push the boy and his mother onto the tracks as a high-speed train approached. The child was killed instantly, while the woman was able to roll into a gap and was not injured.

Local police say she is now being treated for shock.

Passengers who witnessed the unprovoked attack ran after the man as he tried to escape and apprehended him. A 40-year-old man has been arrested in relation to the incident and remains in custody.

He's believed to be from Eritrea and not known to the victims. 

Police say the suspect tried to push a third person onto the tracks, but the woman he targeted "was able to defend herself".


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