Three explosions near tour bus carrying Champions League team
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 12, 2017,
Apr 12, 2017, 6:39
The explosions happened as Borussia Dortmund was leaving the L'Arrivee Hotel and Spa for a match against Monaco.
Four days later the Germany-Netherlands friendly in Hanover was called off at short notice through fear of a terror attack. We learnt that they believe this to be a targeted attack, that they found a letter claiming responsibility at the scene that is yet to be authenticated and that Marc Bartra will need surgery on his wrist and lower arm. "The authenticity of the letter is being examined", she said.
"The investigation is at this time is for attempted manslaughter".
Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Bürki was not expected to start for the Bundesliga side against Monaco, but he is the reserve goalkeeper for Tomas Tuchel's team.
Defender Marc Bartra, a Spain worldwide, was taken to hospital after being injured by shattered glass from the coach's windows.
"Marc Bartra is slightly injured, he is in the hospital and it hit his hand".
The Switzerland worldwide went on to explain that he was sitting in the last row of the bus, next to Bartra.
The explosions occurred around 7 pm (3am AEST) in Dortmund's Hoechsten district, around 10km from the club's stadium.
"The whole team is in a state of shock, you can't get pictures like that out of your head".
Dortmund police chief Gregor Lange said late Tuesday that police assume the team bus was intentionally targeted, but that the origin of the attack was unclear, Reuters reports.
The events unfolded as the squad left their hotel en route to the Signal Iduna Park stadium for the first leg of a quarter-final tie against Monaco, which was swiftly rescheduled for Wednesday. It's our task now to digest this somehow because it's only 24 hours before we have to play.
Mr Watzke said: "It was all very disciplined".
Defender taken to hospital after blasts go off near team bus ahead of Champions League home match against Monaco. "It's an unlucky situation but there is no other solution".