Dort­mund bus bomb sus­pect in cus­tody

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Ger­man au­thor­i­ties ar­rested a sus­pected Is­lamic ex­trem­ist Wed­nes­day in their in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a bomb at­tack on a top Ger­man soc­cer team, while the team — miss­ing a de­fender wounded in the blasts — lost 3-2 to Monaco in a hastily resched­uled Cham­pi­ons League match.

Amid height­ened se­cu­rity, the de­feat for Borus­sia Dort­mund in Europe’s top club com­pe­ti­tion came less than 24 hours af­ter three ex­plo­sions shat­tered a win­dow of the team’s bus and rat­tled nerves across the gritty city in west­ern Ger­many.

Dort­mund coach Thomas Tuchel said af­ter the loss that he felt Euro­pean soc­cer’s gov­ern­ing body, UEFA, had not taken the at­tack se­ri­ously enough as it swiftly resched­uled the match.

“We weren’t asked at all at any time,” Tuchel said. “Ba­si­cally, we had the feel­ing that we were be­ing treated as if a beer can had hit our bus, and half an hour later the de­ci­sion was there that (it would be) to­mor­row at 6.45 p.m.. That gives you a feel­ing of pow­er­less­ness.”

Armed po­lice of­fi­cers in body ar­mour pa­trolled the streets around Dort­mund’s sta­dium Wed­nes­day night as lo­cals and vis­it­ing fans min­gled in a sub­dued at­mos­phere. Fans were banned from bring­ing back­packs to the match and some were frisked — with se­cu­rity of­fi­cials even check­ing un­der their hats.

Ear­lier in the day, Frauke Koehler, a spokes­woman for Ger­man fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors, said in­ves­ti­ga­tors are fo­cus­ing on two sus­pected Is­lamic ex­trem­ists in the bus at­tack and searched their homes, ar­rest­ing one of them.

As the in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ued, the match de­layed by the blasts got un­der­way. Dort­mund was with­out Span­ish cen­tral de­fender Marc Bar­tra, who un­der­went surgery for in­juries to his wrist and arm af­ter the three de­vices packed with metal pins det­o­nated close to the team bus Tues­day night. Clearly miss­ing Bar­tra in de­fence and pos­si­bly still shocked by the at­tack on their bus, Dort­mund con­ceded two goals in the first 35 min­utes.

The team fought back af­ter the break, to make it 2-1 in the 57th minute be­fore Kylian Mbappe scored his sec­ond in the 79th minute for Monaco. Shinji Ka­gawa cut the deficit in the 84th minute, but it was not enough to save Dort­mund from de­feat.

“It was dif­fi­cult for the team to fo­cus on the game,” Dort­mund coach Tuchel said.

The de­fender was in­jured af­ter bombs ex­ploded near the Dort­mund team bus Tues­day.

Borus­sia Dort­mund fans chanted Marc Bar­tra’s name dur­ing the game.

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