Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Borussia Dortmund attack as THREE BOMBS explode near team bus in Germany – player injured

A FOOTBALL player has been injured after three bombs exploded near Borussia Dortmund's team bus ahead of a Champions League match against Monaco.The German team confirmed one of its players was injured following the explosions 10km from the Signal Iduna Park stadium in Dortmund, North-Rhine Westphalia in east Germany last night. The player is Spanish defender and father-of-one Marc Bartra, who has been taken to hospital after sustaining injuries to his hand and arm, the team added. His injuries are worse than initially thought, and he has had surgery to repair a broken bone in his hand after shattered glass from the bus' windows splintered - despite the glass being bullet-proof. The bombs were buried in a hedge, which police have now said they are working on the assumption the football team was "specifically targeted". Two hours after the initial explosion a suspicious package was found at the team's hotel, just before they were due to arrive back there. BVB boss Hans-Joachim Watzke, said last night: "Defender Marc Bartra was given emergency care and then taken to the hospital. "We must now try to process the shock. "We have to play again tomorrow. This will be a great challenge."Spanish media has reported two of the three bombs exploded right next to where Mr Bartra was sitting. The team had just set off from their hotel when their bus was hit. Mr Watzke, CEO of BVB, and football official Dr Reinhard Rauball, said: "The bomb attack was in close proximity to the hotel exit." At 8.35pm GMT, police said they still did not know what type of explosive had been used, however they are certain there were three detonations. Police have thanked all fans for their calm behaviour.The quarter-final against Monaco has been postponed until today at 6.45pm after the German team put a message on the stadium screens informing fans of the incident. All fans' tickets will remain valid and those who cannot make it today will have the opportunity to offer their tickets for re-sale from 11pm. The stadium was evacuated, with all fans having left by 9pm local time (8pm GMT). A police officer, said: "That was completely peaceful and civilised."During a press conference Prosecutor Sandra Lücke, said last night: "The investigation is being carried out on suspicion this was an attempt to kill. "A letter was found near the crime scene. We will check the authenticiy intensively." Dortmund's Police President Gregor Lange, added: "We assume that it was a targeted attack on BVB's team. "We decided at a very early stage not to rule out anything. "At the present time, the concrete background of the act is not very clear. "We are preparing for a large-scale operation tomorrow. "The protective measures for the teams have already begun. Explosive dogs are still in use."In a tweet, the club said: "We will inform you as soon as there is news." Football’s governing chiefs have now come out to condemn the horror blasts. Aleksander Ceferin, the head of Europe’s governing body UEFA, said he was “deeply disturbed” to hear about the explosions. But he added Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco are right to postpone the match and prioritise the safety of the fans. And Gianni Infantino, president of FIFA, branded the events “troubling”. He added: “FIFA condemn the incidents in Dortmund. “We are all awaiting further details of the incident.”Police said they are now using a drone to see if there are any more explosive devices. The explosions are said to have come from a bush in Wittbräuckerstraße, 10km from the stadium where they were due to kick-off at 7.45pm local time (6.45pm GMT). Monaco fans have started singing "Dortmund, Dortmund" in response to the incident, with the tunes being "very warmly received" by Dortmund fans.BVB has said Monaco supporters who need accommodation should check the hashtag #bedforawayfans as BVB fans are providing them with a bed so they can stay for the re-scheduled match tonight. The team tweeted: "Dear supporters of @AS_Monaco_EN! "If you need accommodation in Dortmund, please check #bedforawayfans. #bvbasm."

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