In Frankfurt, an eight-year-old has been pushed by a man in front of an entering ICE. The boy died, the suspect is today to be presented to the magistrate.

Why did a 40-year-old push a boy into an incoming ICE?

After the deadly attack at the Frankfurt central station, the investigators' search continues according to the suspect's motive. What is known about the case so far:

On Monday, an eight-year-old boy was hit by a man in front of an arriving ICE at Frankfurt's central station.

The man is said to have previously pushed the mother of the boy into the track and tried it with a 78-year-olds. The 40-year-old mother, according to police, had rescued a footpath between two tracks.

She suffered a severe shock. The 78-year-old could get to safety without falling on the tracks. She also suffered a shock, according to prosecutors. In addition, she was injured on the shoulder.

The suspect fled, was followed by passers-by and later arrested by the police outside the station.

The investigators called witnesses to report to the police with pertinent information. In addition, photos and videos could be uploaded via a special website

The suspect:

After an initial investigation, the alleged perpetrator is a 40-year-old who did not know his victims. The man is said to live in Switzerland and come from Eritrea. According to SPIEGEL information, the man was illegally in Germany.

According to the cantonal police of Zurich, the suspect resided in the canton of Zurich. He had been in possession of a so-called settlement permit.

This is issued to foreigners in Switzerland after a stay of five or ten years in the country. According to the State Secretariat for Migration, residents have an unlimited right of residence.

The alleged perpetrator of Frankfurt Central Station is married and even the father of three children. This was announced by the public prosecutor's office in Frankfurt. He arrived a few days ago by train from Basel to Frankfurt.

A test has also revealed that the man did not drink alcohol, the prosecutor said. There is also no evidence of drugs. In Germany, he was so far not known to the police.

The reactions:

Politicians condemned the act. Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) wants to consult with the heads of the security authorities in Berlin in view of several serious acts in more recent times.

Seehofer interrupts his vacation. He wants to present the results at a press conference in the afternoon. "The perpetrator will be held responsible for the offence with all constitutional means," Seehofer was quoted from a statement.

 If necessary, he provides the state of Hesse with any support, for example from the Federal Police or the Federal Criminal Police Office.

Also, Hessen's Prime Minister Volker Bouffier (CDU) commented. He spoke of a "vile act". Frankfurt's Lord Mayor, Peter Feldmann, expressed his condolences to the relatives.

 "What we know so far about the fact contradicts everything Frankfurt stands for," said the SPD politician on Facebook.

The attack also sparked a debate over station security. "After this terrible crime, it now needs rapid and noticeable consequences for the offender In addition to the criminal proceedings should also be discussed on termination measures," said Philipp Amthor (CDU). "I'm also open to discussing better security at our stations."

The SPD traffic expert Martin Burkert criticized in the "Bild" newspaper insufficient supervision of the platforms, also lacked at the stations to federal police. From the point of view of the chairman of the Conference of Transport Ministers, Anke Rehlinger (SPD),

However, acts like those in Frankfurt can not be prevented by security measures. The Saarland Minister of Transport told the editorial network Germany: "Such an act does not reveal a security gap, but a humanity gap."

The Deputy Federal Chairman of the Union of Police (GDP), Jörg Radek, warned in the meantime before imitators. From cities such as Berlin were cases of so-called S and U-Bahn Schubser known for some time.

"The police are trying to be more proactive after each case, but in the case of acts that are deliberate, they are reaching their limits," Radek told the RND. In view of 5600 stations and stops in Germany should not be expected with quick solutions.

 "They're all so differently structured that it's hard to come up with a concept for everyone." Demands for more staff described the GDP vice as frivolous.

On Tuesday evening there will be public worship in the Frankfurt main station. The commemoration is scheduled to take place at 18.30 near platform 7, as the Frankfurt station mission announced. Representatives of Catholic and Protestant communities in Frankfurt am Main.


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