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Man arrested over bombing of Borussia Dortmund bus motivated by greed, prosecutors allege

Days after Borussia Dortmund's team bus was attacked with explosives, traces at the site are still visible.

A 28-year-old German-Russian citizen has been arrested in Germany on suspicion of bombing the bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund football team in an attack last week that prosecutors 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 in the name of Islamic extremists, but quickly doubted their authenticity.

Marcel Schmelzer applauds the crowd after the Champions League quartefinal.

Federal prosecutors said the suspect, identified only as Sergej W in keeping with German privacy law, was arrested by a police tactical response team in the Tuebingen area on Friday afternoon (NZT).

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

Prosecutors said they planned to make a statement later on Friday, but revealed that the suspect had bought a large number of so-called put options for shares of Borussia Dortmund.


Police with the Borussia Dortmund team bus where a bomb was placed to go off as they travelled to their Champions League quarterfinal.

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These would have entitled him to sell the 15,000 shares at a pre-determined price, which could have resulted in a substantial profit if their value had fallen in the meantime, prosecutors 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,'' they said.

The Borussia Dortmund team were visibly shaken even after the tie was rescheduled.

The suspect had booked into the team's hotel in Dortmund and placed three explosives, packed with shrapnel, along the route the bus would take to reach the stadium, prosecutors said.

"The explosive devices were detonated at the optimum time,'' they said, noting that the team bus was equipped only with security glass and not reinforced glass.

Several windows on the bus were shattered in the blasts, injuring defender Marc Bartra.

German police search the area where the bus carrying Borussia Dortmund to their Champions League quarterfinal match against Monaco was hit by three blasts.

A police officer accompanying the bus also suffered trauma from the blast.