Police say a woman and her child have died after being stabbed by her ex-husband at a subway station in central Hamburg. Picture: Tnn/dpa via AP

Berlin - A woman and her one-year-old daughter died after being stabbed at a busy subway station in central Hamburg on Thursday, German police said.

The suspected assailant, the woman's ex-husband, was arrested.

The knife attack happened Thursday morning at the Jungfernstieg station in Germany's second-biggest city. Parts of the train lines were temporarily shut down as police responded.

Firefighters treat an injured person at a subway station in Hamburg, Germany. Picture: Tnn/dpa via AP

The suspected assailant, a 33-year-old from Niger who was the girl's father, called emergency services himself after the stabbing and was arrested.

The knife attack on a woman and her minor child took place at the Jungfernstieg station in Germany’s second-biggest city. Picture: Eckart Gienke/dpa via AP


Firefighters and rescuers gather in Hamburg where a woman and her child died after being stabbed by her ex-husband at the Jungfernstieg subway station. Picture: Bodo Marks/dpa via AP

None of those involved was identified, and it wasn't clear what triggered the attack on the child and his 34-year-old ex-wife.

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