Child killed by ice sculpture at Luxembourg Xmas market

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A young child was yesterday killed by a falling ice sculpture at Luxembourg city's Christmas market.

The toddler was at the Place Guillaume II market with his family around 8 p.m. Sunday when the sculpture, installed next to the ice skating rink, suddenly fell apart - with one of the broken shards landing on top of him, local outlet RTL reported.

The Christmas markets in Luxembourg City opened last week Thursday. Police say the incident took place at around 8pm local time yesterday.

The paper said: "For some unknown reason, the sculpture collapsed on to the child".

A 2-year-old boy was crushed to death by a Christmas market ice sculpture that collapsed and broke into pieces in Luxembourg.

Witnesses told local media that ambulance staff had attempted to revive the child at the scene.

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Police said they had no information as to whether the thieves had "insider knowledge", but added they were investigating that possibility.

However, this morning the Luxembourg public prosecutors office confirmed that they are conducting the investigation as one into involuntary manslaughter.

Prime Minister Xavier Bettel released a statement on Twitter expressing his "deepest compassion" for the boy's family, and said he was "shocked and distressed" by the accident.

"The victim was on the ground about one or two meters from the rink".

He added police arrived "within five minutes, it was very fast, relief also arrived and gave first aid to the child".

"It is not a matter of regret how sad this makes us".

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