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Here's what we know so far about the Borussia Dortmund team bus explosions


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The Borussia Dortmund team bus was targeted in an explosive attack en route to their Champions League clash with Monaco last night. A letter found at the scene suggests the attack may have been conducted by radical Islamists.

The game was postponed until 5.45 BST this evening.

German Police referred to the incident as an “attack with serious explosives” and defender Marc Bartra was taken to hospital after being injured by a shard of glass from the bus’s window. Thankfully the reinforced glass of the bus meant no one was grievously injured.

Chief Executive of Borussia Dortmind, Hans-Joachim Watzke, stated in the immediate aftermath “there has been an attack with explosives on the team bus.

The explosions took place just after 6pm as the team bus exited their hotel driveway.

Watzke went on to state: “the whole team is in a state of shock… 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.”

A letter found at the scene implies that militant Islamist motivations were behind the attack, though this is as of yet unconfirmed. The letter used the phrase "in the name of Allah".

Police stated that “explosives may have been hidden in a hedge near a parking lot” and given that they detonated as the bus drove by, it seems that there is a possibility that the potential perpetrator of the attack was nearby, watching, and ready to detonate the devices.

UEFA noted on the postponement of the match that “this decision was made after a meeting held at the Westfalenstadion between UEFA, representatives of the two clubs and local authorities”.

Football fans will be hoping that Dortmund are able to perform to their full capacity tomorrow night as, if they remain negatively affected by the incident, which would be entirely understandable, it would be a shame to see it impact on their on-pitch performance.

Monaco stated their solidarity with their German opposition and Dortmund fans used social media to offer a #bedforthenight to travelling Monaco fans who were forced to extend their trip.

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