An eight-year-old boy in Germany on Monday died in a horror incident after a man pushed him and his mother in front of a train at a Frankfurt railway station, police said. The suspect, a 40-year-old man, ran off but was overpowered by passers-by and detained by police. The suspect then apparently tried unsuccessfully to push another person onto the track, police said. The mother was being treated in hospital after narrowly escaping from the tracks as an arriving high-speed train ran over her child. Police said they had opened a murder inquiry and were questioning the suspect for a possible motive. “The boy and his mother were pushed in front of an arriving train,” said police spokeswoman Isabell Neumann. “The mother was able to save herself,” she said. “The man concerned ... fled the station after the crime. Passers-by took up the chase and the man was detained near the station.” Police were unaware of any connection between the man and the victims. According to news channel NTV, the suspect is a citizen of Eritrea. Several platforms at Frankfurt station, a major rail hub in Germany, were closed after the incident. How Southeast Asians in Germany suffer abuse with the rise of racism and the far right Interior Minister Horst Seehofer issued a statement condemning “this appalling act in the strongest terms” and cautioning against drawing conclusions before more is known. Seehofer said that in view of “several serious crimes” recently, he would interrupt his vacation and meet the heads of security authorities on Tuesday. He did not specify what he was referring to, but Monday’s incident followed a case earlier this month in which a 34-year-old woman was pushed in front of a train and killed in Voerde in northern Germany. The suspect in that case, a German-born Serb, is in custody. Former SS soldier charged in Germany after insulting Nazi victims The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party quickly linked the case to a mass influx of migrants and refugees in recent years. “The hideousness of this act can hardly be surpassed,” wrote the party’s Alice Weidel on Twitter, demanding that the government “finally start to protect the citizens of this country”. A similar attack took place 10 days earlier when a 34-year-old woman was killed after being pushed in front of a train by a man in Voerde, near Duisburg.