Pregame blasts rock soc­cer team bus; player in­jured

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DORTMUND, GER­MANY | Three ex­plo­sions went off near the team bus of Borus­sia Dortmund, one of Ger­many’s top soc­cer clubs, as it set off for a Cham­pi­ons League quar­ter­fi­nal match on Tues­day evening. One of Dortmund’s play­ers was in­jured.

Po­lice said they were work­ing on the as­sump­tion that the blasts were di­rected at the Dortmund team and caused by “se­ri­ous ex­plo­sive de­vices,” which may have been hid­den in a hedge near a car park. The ex­plo­sions hap­pened as the team was de­part­ing its ho­tel for a first­leg match against Monaco. The game was called off shortly be­fore kick­off and resched­uled for Wed­nes­day.

A let­ter claim­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity was found near the site of the blasts, pros­e­cu­tor San­dra Luecke told a late evening news con­fer­ence. She said in­ves­ti­ga­tors are ex­am­in­ing the au­then­tic­ity of what was writ­ten in the let­ter, but wouldn’t re­veal more about its con­tents, cit­ing the on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The case is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated as at­tempted homi­cide, Luecke said.

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