The apartments of two suspects were searched and one was detained by the German police yesterday as a suspect over the three explosions targeting Borussia Dortmund’s bus. The authorities are examining a terrorist link.
The explosions went off while the bus was approaching Dortmund’s stadium for a fixture with Monaco on April 11. The explosion injured one of the players – Marc Barta, and a police officer on a motorbike who was escorting the team suffered from blast trauma and shock.
Frauke Koehler, spokeswoman for the federal prosecutor’s office confirmed on Wednesday that there are three letters found at the place of the explosions demanding that Germany withdraws its support for the Western Military coalition in Syria fighting ISIS and close down the US air base in the town of Ramstein, Germany. She also said that
“Two suspects from the Islamist spectrum have become the focus of our investigation. Both of their apartments were searched, and one of the two has been detained.”
The fixture between the teams of Borussia Dortmund and Monaco was replayed on Wednesday under high security and ended up with victory of Monaco with 3-2. Before the match Hans-Joachim Watzke, Borussia Dortmund’s chief executive, stated that his side “will not give in to terror”.
“We will play not only for ourselves today. We will play for everyone … we want to show that terror and hate can never determine our actions.”