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Triple blasts hit Dortmund bus, player injured

The damaged bus of Borussia Dortmund is pictured after an explosion some 10km away from the stadium prior to the UEFA Champions League 1st leg quarter-final football match BVB Borussia Dortmund v Monaco in Dortmund, western Germany on April 11, 2017. Germany

DORTMUND, Germany: Spain international Marc Bartra was injured in explosions which hit the Borussia Dortmund team bus yesterday and saw their Champions League game against Monaco called off, the club confirmed. The 26-year-old center-back injured his hand and was taken to hospital for treatment, said Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke. The quarterfinal first leg was rescheduled for 1845 local time today. “There has been an attack with explosives on the team bus,” said Watzke.

“The whole team is in a state of shock, you can’t get pictures like that out of your head. 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.” The explosions came shortly after 1900 local time on Wittbraeucker Strasse, around 10 km 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 Watzke. With the 80,000-capacity stadium filling up just before the scheduled kick-off time, fans were told to stay in the ground until police signalled it was safe for them to leave. “All our support for Marc Bartra, BVB and all their fans,” tweeted Barcelona, Bartra’s former club, before their Champions League quarter-final against Juventus yesterday. An attack of this nature is unprecedented in German club football. – AFP

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