Knife man kills baby, ex-wife in German train station

33-year-old suspect initially ran off but then phoned police, who arrested him

Afp April 12, 2018
33-year-old suspect initially ran off but then phoned police, who arrested him. PHOTO: FILE

HAMBURG: A man from Niger stabbed to death his German ex-wife and their one-year-old daughter in a brutal attack in a busy train station Thursday, police said.

The bloody knife killings took place mid-morning in the busiest subway station of Hamburg, Germany's second-biggest city.

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"The crime was very, very terrible in its execution, very targeted and very, very extreme," said police spokesperson Timo Zill.

"We currently assume it was a crime of passion."

The 33-year-old suspect initially ran off but then phoned police, who arrested him inside the Jungfernstieg underground station.

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Police said the child died immediately in the attack around 0850 GMT and the 34-year-old woman succumbed to her injuries in hospital.

Police and firefighters responded in large numbers, and trauma counselling was offered to witnesses and emergency responders.

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