Borussia Dortmund football team bus hit by explosions


"All my strength to my team mates, supporters and fans and to BVB for tonight's match!" Their homes have been searched and one has been temporarily detained, she said.

Germany's Federal Public Prosecutor's Office, which took over the probe on Tuesday night due to the seriousness of the crime, is expected to hold a news conference later on Wednesday.

Based on the type of detonator and explosive involved, German authorities assume "terrorist involvement" but the motives are unclear, Koehler said.

Another letter was published online in which left-wing extremists claimed responsibility for the attack, but the federal prosecutor has doubts over the authenticity of said letter.

The match, postponed in the wake of the attack, will be played Wednesday night amid tight security.

Defender Marc Bartra was the only player seriously injured in the attack, which occurred around 1915 local time in the German city, just just six miles away from the club's Signal Iduna Park stadium. "It could be the violent fan scene, it could be Islamic extremism", he said Wednesday. "We had a drink together and talked about the day", she said.

"As many officers as possible" would be deployed for tomorrow's rescheduled game, they said.

Three "serious explosions" explosions went off by the team bus as the players were about to head to the stadium for the Champions League quarterfinal against AS Monaco.

"We're down about what has happened", said Christoph Lewe, 51, who had travelled from nearby Essen with his 12-year-old son, Alexander, to the Champions League match.

Officials said a letter was found near the scene and that two suspects were sought, one of whom was detained.

Earlier, Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman condemned the explosions as "a repugnant act" and said the German leader has spoken with the club's chief executive.

The 57-year-old did admit that the situation is the most hard that Dortmund have had to deal with in decades but called on BVB to play for football supporters around the world as well as Bartra, who is now resting in hospital. He underwent surgery Tuesday to fix a broken wrist. As you can see I am doing much better.

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