Police officer 'pushed' to his death in front of oncoming train

A policeman has died after he was apparently pushed to his death in front of a train in Madrid, Spain.

The police officer, Francisco Javier Ortega, fell during a scuffle after talking to a group on the platform of Madrid's Embajadores station and allegedly asking to see identification papers of one of the men.

In a video captured by an onlooker, Ortega appears to be grabbed by one of the men and dragged onto the tracks just as a train pulls into the station.

Horrified passengers watched as the pair were both hit by the train.

The Daily Mail reports that Ortega, 28, was rushed to hospital but died from his injuries, while the man who allegedly pushed him and was named by newspaper El Pais as 28-year-old Yode Ali Raba from the Ivory Coast is in hospital with a severe head injury.

Director General of Police in Spain, Ignacio Cosidó, told El Pais: "It is clear that there is intent on taking the agent to the railway tracks and throwing him under when a train was approaching."

According to The Local, after the incident Spanish police tweeted: "We are shocked and grieving the death of our colleague who died while working to keep our citizens safe in Embajadores train station (Madrid)."

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