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German footballers’ bus hit by blasts on way to match

12th Apr 2017
German footballers’ bus hit by blasts on way to match

By Ayhan Simsek

 

BERLIN (AA): Three minor explosions hit the team bus of Borussia Dortmund footballers on Tuesday, police said, hours before a Champions League quarter-final in the northwestern city.The Dortmund police chief has spoken of a ‘targeted attack.’

Player Marc Bartra was injured as the windows of the coach were blown in. The fixture against Monaco was postponed.

The club confirmed on its Twitter account that Spanish defender Bartra was injured and taken to hospital.

The club said defender Marc Bartra injured his arm and his hand and was taken straight to hospital. BVB chairman Hans-Joachim Watzke said Bartra’s injuries were not “life-threatening.” Borussia Dortmund’s representative at a press conference on Tuesday night confirmed that Bartra was undergoing surgery on his injured wrist and lower arm.

Police said three explosions went off as the bus was leaving a hotel for the stadium. The cause of the blasts was not immediately clear.

At a press conference, police said they did not want to jump to conclusions by saying the three explosions were a terror attack. “We are assuming that they were a targeted attack against the Dortmund team,” said Dortmund city’s police chief Gregor Lange. An explosive-like item was found at the team’s hotel after the blasts but it did not ignite.

Prosecutor Sandra Luecke told a press conference in Dortmund that they have discovered a letter at the scene of the explosions which claimed responsibility for the attack.

But she declined to make any comment on the content of the letter, saying authorities were still trying to authenticate it.

Dortmund police heightened security at the city as the game was rescheduled for Wednesday.

Additional report from The Muslim News

[Photo:Police President Gregor Lange addresses a news conference at the police headquarters in Dortmund, Germany on April 11, 2017. The UEFA Champions League quarter-final soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco at Dortmund was cancelled after explosions beside the bus, when starting from the hotel to the stadium in Dortmund, Germany on April 11, 2017. Photographer: Ina Fassbender/AA]

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