Borussia Dortmund’s team bus hit by three explosives
Three explosive devices went off by the side of the coach carrying the German football team Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night, injuring one player.
The incident occurred at 7:15pm in Dortmund’s Höchstem district, about 10km from the club’s stadium where they were due to play a Champions League quarter-final against Monaco.
Police confirmed there were three explosions near the coach, breaking some of the vehicle’s windows. The defender Marc Bartra was injured by shards of glass and was taken to hospital. He was due to undergo surgery on his injured arm to repair a fracture and remove shrapnel.
Dortmund police tweeted: “After the initial investigation, we assume that this was an attack with serious explosives.” A spokesman later told a press conference they were treating the incident as a “targeted attack on Borussia Dortmund’s team” and said a fourth, undetonated device was found in the vicinity of the team hotel.
Police also revealed they had discovered a letter near the scene of the crime which contained a claim of responsibility for the attack and were trying to authenticate it.
Borussia Dortmund’s chief executive, Hans-Joachim Watzke, said the coach carrying the players had only just left their hotel and turned on to the road where the explosive devices were hidden behind a hedge.
“Bartra was injured, on his hand and his arm, but nothing that would be life-threatening,” Watzke said. “The team is in complete shock. Our task is to process this experience, because the match is taking place in less than 24 hours. That’s our job.”
The players were escorted from the coach by police, who also used drones and sniffer dogs to search for further explosives.
Police have revealed that they discovered a letter near the scene of the crime and are trying to authenticate it. They have not disclosed the contents of the letter.
and definitely targeted..
this was the second leg of my four leg champions league multi!
the letter is the key obviously..