Yesterday, May 16, the German federal prosecutors stated that they are handing off the investigation of the attack on Borussia Dortmund’s bus from April 11 this year after determining that there was no terrorist motive.
Three bombs exploded near the football’s team bus while it was heading to a Champions League match, breaking the windows of the vehicle and lightly injuring one of the players and an escorting police officer.
The initial suspicions were that it was a terrorist attack by an Islamic terror group due to some letters found with such information. Several days later, however, the police arrested a 28-year-old German-Russian man, Sergej W., who placed the bombs in an attempt to bring down the price of Borussia’s shares in order to benefit financially from it. He tried to disguise the act as a terrorist attack.
Federal prosecutors said the attack apparently was committed “solely because of financial interests” so the case can’t be considered “a crime against the state of particular significance,” which would make it their responsibility.