‘No terror link’ to bomb blasts injuring Borussia Dortmund football player
A defender of the football team Borussia Dortmund, Marc Bartra was admitted to hospital in Germany, after three explosions hit the Borussia Dortmund team bus shortly before the team was to play in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League against Monaco.
Published: April 12, 2017, 8:31 am
The match was to take place at their home stadium in Dortmund, and disappointed fans were told to return home.
According to police, three explosions occurred shortly after the bus with the team left their hotel. German security sources said “serious explosive devices” were used.
Dortmund police said on their Twitter account said they “assume that this was an attack with serious explosives.”
Bartra is the only player who was injured in the explosions. He underwent surgery for a broken bone in his wrist.
Despite a letter reportedly claiming responsibility for the explosions obtained by the police, they are so far reluctant to link the incident to terrorism.
A letter “takes responsibility for the act”, a German prosecutor confirmed, but would not say who wrote the letter or why.
Police have not yet found a terrorist connection, the German Press Agency (DPA) reported. The letter reportedly begins with the words “In the name of Allah the merciful”.
The Bundesliga team tweeted about a “bomb blast” that had gone off close to the team bus, adding that the players had been taken to safety, while “no threat is posed” to the Westfalenstadion pitch. The stadium made no mention of the bombing attack.
According to local media reports, the case has been handed over to federal prosecutors, which usually means an incident is considered terrorism or a similarly serious crime.
Police spokesman Gunnar Wortmann confirmed there were “three explosions near the [Borussia Dortmund] team bus as they left the hotel to go to the stadium.”
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