Last nights fixture between Borussia Dortmund and Monaco has been postponed after an explosion hit Dortmund’s bus and injured one of its players.
The police confirmed that there have been three separate explosions near the team coach as it approached the stadium in Dortmund. The incident occurred around 7 p.m. CET in Dortmund’s Höchstem district at around 10 kilometer’s from the stadium.
The explosions shattered the windscreen of the bus and injured one of the players – 26-year-old Marc Bartra. The defender had his hand cut from the flying glass and was taken to hospital but his injuries are not serious.
A tweet from the German club’s official Twitter account an hour before kick-off at the Westfalenstadion had first alerted news of an incident.
“At our bus departure, an incident has occurred. One person was injured. More information to follow,” it read. A later tweet read: “A bomb exploded at the team bus next to the hotel. The players are safe. There is no danger at the stadium.”
Police also confirmed that there was no danger for the public at the stadium. German security sources said it was a targeted attack on the team bus, and that “serious explosive devices” were used. A letter was found near the place of the attack, taking responsibility for the action, however its authenticity is still to be confirmed and no further details were disclosed by the authorities.
Officials confirmed that the Champions League quarter final match against Monaco has been postponed to Wednesday.