Germany: Mobile phone used to detonate explosives that hit soccer team bus

Germany: Mobile phone used to detonate explosives that hit soccer team bus
Fortunately, no fatalities from this one. Dortmund Borussia team bus after pipe bomb attack, 11 Apr 2017. (Image: Screen grab of Guardian video, YouTube)

[Ed. – Reportedly, German authorities aren’t acknowledging terrorism yet.  It’s getting harder to take that solemn ritual seriously.]

The explosion that hit the Borussia Dortmund team bus ahead of their Champions League quarter-final with Monaco was a targeted attack against the team, German police say.

The three explosions happened as Borussia Dortmund was leaving the L’Arrivee Hotel and Spa, about six miles or a 12-minute drive from the stadium, Signal Iduna Park, for a match against Monaco, which has been postponed. …

Defender Marc Bartra was injured in the explosion and was taken to hospital. Bartra underwent surgery on his right wrist, which was fractured during the incident, on Tuesday night.

The devices reportedly used to attack the bus were pipe bombs. …

While investigators do not yet know the source of the explosions, police have confirmed that additional ‘suspicious objects’ were found at the Dortmund team hotel in the wake of the bus bombing.

A German prosecutor said Tuesday night that a letter found outside the hotel the team bus was departing from when the explosions happened ‘takes responsibility for the act’.

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