Borussia Dortmund: Player injured after three explosions near team bus
German daily Bild report Spanish defender Marc Bartra has been injured and taken to hospital. Photograph: (Reuters)
Borussia Dortmund's team bus was damaged and a player was injured following three explosions near the vehicle while it was on its way to Tuesday's Champions League game at home to AS Monaco, police said.
Borussia Dortmund's team bus was damaged and a player was injured following three explosions near the vehicle while it was on its way to Tuesday's Champions League game at home to AS Monaco (WION)
There are no indications that the explosions were part of an organised terror attack, national news agency DPA reported, citing unnamed security sources.
"No element" points in the direction of such an assault, said the German agency, in line with police who have so far also avoided describing it as a terror attack.
Police say a player for German soccer team was injured following explosions near the team bus. https://t.co/VCVZtd3fOg— The Associated Press (@AP) April 11, 2017
However, the police said that they believe the explosions were directly targeted at the club.
"We are assuming that they were a targeted attack against the Dortmund team," said Dortmund city's police chief Gregor Lange.
The match, a quarter-final first leg, was called off and rescheduled for Wednesday.
#bvbasm has just been postponed until Wednesday, 12 April 1845 CET. Tickets remain valid. Thanks to everyone involved in the decision.— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) April 11, 2017
"According to what is currently known, the windows of the bus were (entirely or partly) smashed and one person was injured," Dortmund police said in a said. The police said the incident happened in Hoechsten, located outside the city.
"It is not yet possible to say exactly what the explosion was or exactly where something exploded," said the statement.
Dortmund said defender and Spanish international Marc Bartra had been taken to the hospital.
"In the explosion @MarcBartra was injured and is currently in the hospital. Good and fast recovery, Marc! #bvbasm," Borussia Dortmund wrote on Twitter.
The club also said that Bartra underwent a wrist surgery after the explosion.
"All of our support to @MarcBartra, @BVB and their fans," Barcelona tweeted in support of their former player.
Police added: "Currently there is no evidence of a threat to the visitors at the stadium."
Borussia Dortmund said in a statement: "Shortly after the departure of the Borussia Dortmund team bus from the hotel to the stadium there was an incident.
"The bus has been damaged in two places. One person has been injured and is in the hospital. At this point, we will inform as soon as we know more."