Suspect arrested in connection with Borussia Dortmund bus blast

Prosecutors: Man arrested over bombing of German soccer bus

Police in Germany have arrested and charged a man suspected of being behind the attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus on April 11.

FILE - In this April 11, 2017 file photo Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel stands outside the team bus after it was damaged in an explosion before the Champions League quarterfinal soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco in Dortmund, western Germany.

The blast shattered the bus windows, and Spanish global Marc Bartra, 26, underwent surgery after he was hit by flying glass.

The suspect came to the attention of investigators because he had made "suspicious options purchases" - taken out a five-figure loan to bet on a drop in the clubs' stock on the day of the attack.

"A massive share drop would have had to be expected, had a player been gravely injured or even killed as the result of the attack", the prosecutor's office said.

"We are working on the assumption that the suspect is responsible for the attack against the team bus of Borussia Dortmund", prosecutors' spokeswoman Frauke Koehler said on Friday.

They say it was filled with "contradictions and inconsistencies" and that there's "no indication" it was sent by the suspect.

The top security official of the North Rhine-Westphalia state, Ralf Jaeger, said that the attack was fuelled by a financial motive.

The suspect was staying at the Dortmund team hotel on the day of the attack, prosecutors said in a statement. The team's share price has fallen by about 5.5 per cent on the Deutsche Boerse since the attack, and closed at 5.36 euros on Thursday.

The accused man was staying in the same hotel as the Borussia Dortmund team, the German federal prosecutor's office said.

Investigators found a letter close to the crime scene that appeared to claim responsibility in the name of Islamist extremists, but German police doubted the authenticity of the note. The explosives contained metal pins, which after the explosion were found as far as 250 meters (275 yards) away.

Police believes that he triggered the explosive device from the hotel room, via a remote control.

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

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