Arrest made over Borussia Dortmund bus attack
By Sky News
Last Updated: 12/04/17 5:18pm
Two Islamic extremists are the focus of the Borussia Dortmund bus attack and one has been detained, the German federal prosecutor's office has revealed.
Three explosions went off as the bus departed for the stadium for Tuesday night's Champions League match with Monaco and defender Marc Bartra required an operation for a broken bone in his right wrist after he was injured in the incident.
The events unfolded as the squad left their hotel en route to the Signal Iduna Park stadium for the game, which was rescheduled for Wednesday.
"Two suspects from the Islamist spectrum have become the focus of our investigation. Both of their apartments were searched, and one of the two has been detained," said Frauke Koehle, from the federal prosecutor's office.
Koehle said the explosives used in the attack contained metal pins - one of which buried itself into a headrest on the coach - adding it was lucky "nothing worse happened".
Investigators found three identical letters at the scene, referencing German involvement in Syria, the Berlin Christmas market attack and calling for the closure of Ramstein Air Base.
They believe the devices may have been hidden in a hedge near the car park.
I hope that the orchestrators of this cowardly attack can be found quickly and brought to account.
Reinhard Grindel, German FA (DFB) President
Monaco fans were offered a place to stay for the night by Borussia Dortmund supporters on social media after the match was rearranged.
The German club sent out a tweet about the scheme under the hashtag #bedforawayfans, with supporters of both clubs posted pictures of themselves enjoying meals and a drink together.
Monaco also offered their fans €80 each to stay in a hotel for the night.
Borussia Dortmund president Reinhard Rauball said he was confident the team would rise to the occasion when they take to the field again despite the experience.
"How is the team doing? You can imagine yourself whether they slept well or badly," Rauball said.
"This is certainly a difficult situation for the team which, I think, has not experienced such a situation before.
"However, we expect and I am confident that the team will do its best and deliver a spectacle in the Champions League this evening."
As well as ensuring the game between Borussia Dortmund and Monaco passes off smoothly, German police are also stepping up security ahead of another high-profile Champions League game in the country on Wednesday evening.
Bayern Munich play Real Madrid at the Allianz Arena and as a precaution, 30 extra police officers are present at the Bayern team hotel, while the Munich and Real team coaches were taken to a secure area to be parked overnight.
German Football Association (DFB) president Reinhard Grindel, who had planned to attend Wednesday night's clash between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, will now be at the Dortmund-Monaco game instead.
He said in a statement: "It is important to me personally and in my position as DFB president to be in Dortmund today to show that all German football is united with BVB.
"I wish above all Marc Bartra a speedy recovery and great strength for the whole team to be able to come to terms with what's happened.
"I hope that the orchestrators of this cowardly attack can be found quickly and brought to account.
"It is a strong signal against hate and violence that the football family is standing together regardless of club lines and sporting boundaries."