Racial attack in Berlin

Other News Materials 2 March 2008 21:56 (UTC +04:00)

A 20-year-old woman yelled racial slurs and pushed a dark-skinned man into the path of an oncoming train in Berlin on Sunday, German police said. ( dpa )

The victim, 19, was able to jump up from the tracks in time, helped by two people waiting in the capital's Frankfurter Strasse mass transit train station.

The train braked, but its driver said the man would have been run over if he had not scrambled to safety.

The woman was arrested. A hate-crimes unit of the city police was preparing attempted murder charges against her.

The attack came only hours after a man became violent when he was told to stop molesting girls in a mass transit train. The assailant swung himself up by a hand rail and kicked a 44-year-old male passenger at head height.

The Berlin murder squad was hunting the suspect, described as of Mediterranean appearance and filmed Saturday on security cameras. The victim was in hospital with serious but not critical head injuries.