Man ar­rested over bomb­ing of Ger­man soccer bus

The Philippine Star - - WORLD -

BER­LIN (AP) — A 28-year-old Ger­man-Rus­sian cit­i­zen was ar­rested yes­ter­day in Ger­many on sus­pi­cion of bomb­ing the bus car­ry­ing the Borus­sia-Dort­mund soccer team in an at­tack last week that of­fi­cials al­leged was mo­ti­vated by fi­nan­cial greed.

A Dort­mund player and a po­lice­man were in­jured in the triple blasts last week as the bus was head­ing to the team’s sta­dium for a Cham­pi­ons League match against AS Monaco.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors found notes at the scene claim­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity on be­half of Is­lamic ex­trem­ists, but quickly doubted their authen­tic­ity.

Fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors said the sus­pect, iden­ti­fied only as Sergej W. in keep­ing with Ger­man pri­vacy law, was ar­rested by a po­lice tac­ti­cal re­sponse team early yes­ter­day in or near the south­west­ern city of Tue­bin­gen.

The man faces charges of at­tempted mur­der, caus­ing an ex­plo­sion and se­ri­ous bod­ily harm.

Pros­e­cu­tors said they planned to make a state­ment later yes­ter­day, but re­vealed that the sus­pect had taken out a loan and bought a large num­ber of so-called put op­tions for shares of Borus­sia Dort­mund, bet­ting on a drop in the share price.

”A sig­nif­i­cant share price drop could have been ex­pected if a player had been se­ri­ously in­jured or even killed as a re­sult of the at­tack,” they said.

Ralf Jaeger, the top se­cu­rity of­fi­cial in North RhineWest­phalia state, said the sus­pect had hoped to earn mil­lions ”The man ap­pears to have wanted to com­mit mur­der out of greed,” said Jaeger.

Pros­e­cu­tors said they were able to trace the com­puter used to pur­chase the put op­tions to the lux­ury ho­tel in Dort­mund where the team had been staying.

They said W. had also booked a room there and placed three ex­plo­sives, packed with shrap­nel, along the route the bus would take to reach the sta­dium.

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