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Suspect arrested over Borussia Dortmund bus attack

Goal.com logo Goal.com 21-04-2017

The German federal chief prosecutor has confirmed the arrest of a man suspected of planting explosives targeting the Borussia Dortmund team bus.

The incident occurred ahead of the first leg of a Champions League quarter-final between the Bundesliga side and Monaco on April 11.

Three explosions occurred as Thomas Tuchel’s team made their way to Signal Iduna Park for the European encounter.

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Dortmund defender Marc Bartra was wounded by the blasts, with a decision taken to delay the fixture by 24 hours.

Authorities have now caught up with the suspect at the centre of the attack, with a 28-year-old man identified only as Sergei W taken into custody following his arrest by a tactical response team in the Tuebingen area on Friday.

He is a dual German-Russian citizen and is accused of attempted murder, inflicting serious bodily harm and causing an explosion.

A statement released by the chief prosecutor also revealed that the suspect had bought options on Dortmund’s stock before the attack, with it his intention to try and make a profit.

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He is said to have purchased 15,000 contracts giving him the right to sell the shares at a pre-determined price.

"If the shares of Borussia Dortmund had fallen massively, the profit would have been several times the initial investment," the prosecutor's office said.

It added that the serious injury or death of any of the soccer players could have resulted in such a slump and allowed the suspect to cash in.

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