Three explosions have hit a bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund football team to their home Champions League quarter-final match against Monaco.
In a news conference, the head of Dortmund police said it was a targeted attack on the team...
Dortmund police said that "three explosive charges had detonated" at Hoechsten outside the city at about 19:00 local time.
The first indications were that this was an "attack with serious explosives", they said.
For those unaware, the Champions League pit the best club teams throughout Europe against each other in a tournament that last pretty much the whole of football (soccer) season. The match here has been postponed until tomorrow.
Anyway, I guess it's not clear what the reasons were for this attack, but some of you may remember that I've been beating the international break periods for football as prime terrorist action time. Looks like maybe the Champions League matches are in the same boat.
But there is also this bit of brightness:
Monaco fans were praised for their chants of support for Dortmund. Social media also carried offers from Dortmund residents to Monaco fans in need of a bed for the night on #bedforawayfans.
German prosecutors say the man responsible for last week's bomb attack on the bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund soccer team had bought options to short sell 15,000 shares of the club's stock before the attack, hoping to make a profit from the carnage if share prices fell as a result.
She said the man came to the attention of investigators because he had made "suspicious options purchases" for shares in Borussia Dortmund, the only top-league German club listed on the stock exchange, on the same day as the April 11 attack.
W. had taken out a loan of "several tens of thousands of euros" days before the attack and bought a large number of so-called put options, betting on a drop in Dortmund's share price, she said.
"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," according to prosecutors, though Koehler said the precise profit W. might have expected was still being calculated.
Prosecutors said 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 after the attack.