German police said “an attack using serious explosives” was launched on the Borussia Dortmund soccer team’s bus on Tuesday, leaving one player injured.
Defender Marc Bartra was taken to hospital.
The bus was hit by three blasts from devices planted in bushes at the roadside close to the team’s hotel, as the vehicle made its way to a Champions League quarter-final first leg game at home to AS Monaco. The match was called off and rescheduled for Wednesday.
“The bus turned into the main street, when there was a huge boom, a real explosion,” Sky television quoted
“I was sitting in the back row next to Marc Bartra, hit by fragments... after the bang, we all ducked.”
The stadium, which is the largest in
“The explosive devices were placed outside the bus. Several windows were broken,” a police spokesman said.
The incident was in the Hoechsten district in the south of the city of
The explosions came shortly after 7pm local time on Wittbraeucker Strasse, around 10 kilometres from the Dortmund stadium Signal Iduna Park.
According to the police, three explosive devices were detonated near the team bus while it was en route. Several of the vehicles’ window panes were broken.
In the aftermath of the explosions, the Dortmund team was taken back to the team hotel.
“For security reasons, we do not want to announce the next steps in the procedure,” added Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.
Bartra, 26, joined
Watzke was quoted as telling Sky: “The whole team is in a state of shock.”
Police added: “Currently there is no evidence of a threat to the visitors at the stadium.”
An attack of this nature is unprecedented in German club football.
The national team, which included some current Dortmund players, were involved in the November 13 terror attacks on Paris in 2015.
The German team spent the night at the Stade de France, on police advice, following their friendly defeat to hosts France and flew home the next morning.
Four days later the Germany-Netherlands friendly in Hanover was called off at short notice through fear of a terror attack.