Three explosions have hit a bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund football team to their home UEFA Champions League quarter-final match against Monaco. In a news conference, the head of Dortmund police said it was a targeted attack on the team, according to a BBC report.
Player Marc Bartra underwent an operation after breaking a bone in his wrist. No other players were hurt. The state prosecutor said a letter found near the scene was being examined as part of the investigation. The blast forced the match to be postponed by a day.
Pictures from the scene showed the bus’s windows broken and tyres burst in the blasts.
Dortmund police said that “three explosive charges had detonated” at Hoechsten outside the city. The first indications were that this was an “attack with serious explosives”, they said.
Fans at the 80,000-capacity Signal Iduna Park were told to stay there until it was safe to leave. The stadium was later evacuated safely and police thanked the fans for their co-operation.
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.”
Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said: “The whole team is in a state of shock, you can’t get pictures like that out of your head. I hope the team will be in a position to be able to compete tomorrow on the pitch. In a crisis situation like this, Borussia pulls together.”
One of the Dortmund players, Mathias Ginter, was involved in the Germany-France match that was targeted in the terror attacks in Paris on 13 November, 2015. Another present in Paris, Andre Schurrle, was injured for the Monaco match. Dortmund are currently fourth in the German Bundesliga table.