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Borussia Dortmund team bus involved in explosion ahead of Monaco tie

The Guardian logo The Guardian 11-04-2017 Guardian sport
Borussia Dortmund had been due to face Monaco at the Westfalenstadion. © Bongarts/Getty Images Borussia Dortmund had been due to face Monaco at the Westfalenstadion.

Borussia Dortmund have confirmed their team bus has been involved in an “incident” ahead of their Champions leagiue quarter-final against Monaco with defender Marc Bartra believed to have been taken to hospital after a suspected explosion.

A tweet from the German club’s official Twitter account an hour before kick-off at the Westfalenstadion read: “At our bus departure, an incident has occurred. One person was injured. More information to follow.”

A later tweet read: “Bomb explosion on the team bus at the team hotel. Players in security. No danger at the stadium. More information to follow.”

Reports in Germany named the injured person as Spain international Bartra, with the 26-year-old having been taken to a local hospital. According to Bild, an explosive was deposited on the street in front of the bus although police have yet to give any more details.

“In the area of #Dortmund #Höchsten, there has been an #Explosion. We have strong forces on the ground. The situation is still unclear.”

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