Police Arrest Suspect Over Borussia Dortmund Bus Attack

Police Arrest Suspect Over Borussia Dortmund Bus Attack

Police Arrest Suspect Over Borussia Dortmund Bus Attack

In a odd twist, German police say the man suspected of bombing a bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund football team was a speculator who had hoped to profit by sending shares in the team plummeting.

Police say 28-year-old German-Russian national hoped to profit from a drop in Borussia Dortmund club's share price.

The suspect stayed at the same hotel as the Dortmund team in an alleged effort to watch the attack play out.

A policeman on a motorcycle escorting the bus suffered trauma from the noise of the blast.

Chief Executive of the Borussia Dortmund, Hans-Joachim Watzke, said that the club would be improving the security of its team, adding that they were considering bringing in measures to restrict the trading of its shares.

One player aboard the bus, Marc Bartra, 26, was injured by flying glass and required surgery on a broken arm, and the match against A.S. Monaco was postponed. He may have detonated the bombs from his hotel room, which was booked in advance to ensure the room's windows faced the street where the explosions went off. In addition to attempted murder, the suspect also was charged by federal prosecutors with inflicting serious bodily harm and staging an attack with explosives.

Spokeswoman Frauke Koehler says investigators are still trying to determine how big a profit the suspect might have made.

She did not rule out possible accomplices, but there were now no indications that others were involved.

"According to prosecutors, the man placed three bombs in a hedge on the road that the team bus was due to take to the stadium".

The Russian-German suspect, arrested Friday in Tuebingen, central Baden-Württemberg, hoped to trigger a slide in shares to line his pockets, federal prosecutors believe.

The club thanked authorities in a statement.

The fact that, aside from Bartra, "no others were wounded or even killed, was - as we know today - exclusively due to huge luck".

The damaged Borussia Dortmund bus. "For everybody who sat in that bus, this information is important as it makes it easier to deal with it all".

After the three identical notes claiming responsibility for the attack were found at the scene investigators initially considered the possibility that it might have been the work of Islamic extremists.

These called for Germany to stop bombing Syria and for a US air base in the European country to be shuttered.

But two other statements then appeared online, claiming the attack was driven by far-left and far-right motives.