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Three explosives went off near the Borussia Dortmund team bus on Tuesday, that shattered windows and injured a player on Tuesday en route to its home Champions League match against Monaco. This was part of a targeted attack, police said.

There was a handwritten letter found in the scene that claimed responsibility for the attack, prosecutor Sandra Luecke said.

One explosive device failed to go off, Luecke said.
Dortmund police Chief Gregor Lange said that they have not found any motives for the attack, which led to the match being postponed until Wednesday night.


Spanish defender Marc Bartra, 26, was injured during the explosion, and sufferred injuries to an arm and hand, the team said. Bartra, was treated at the scene and was sent to the hospital.

The team later said Bartra was in surgery for a broken radius — a bone in the forearm — and for “bits of debris lodged in his hand.” He will not play Wednesday.

“We hope that he will make a speedy recovery,” Dortmund captain Marcel Schmelzer said on the team website. “The prevailing mood in the Black and Yellow camp seems to be to play the match tomorrow for Marc.”

A preliminary investigation indicates the explosives “could have been hidden in a hedge near a parking lot,” according to an update posted on the Dortmund police website.

No one inside was in danger, police said. Security was heavy after the explosions and the stadium was evacuated.
Sport officials condemned the attack.

“I was deeply disturbed by the explosions which occurred tonight in Dortmund. The decision taken to postpone the UEFA Champions League match between Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco was the correct one since we must always prioritize the safety and security of all fans, team officials and players,” Aleksander Čeferin, president of UEFA, European soccer’s governing body, said in a statement.

Ands sending its regards to the wounded player.
“The thoughts of every one of us at FIFA are with the people of Dortmund, and the fans of both Borussia Dortmund and Monaco following today’s troubling events,” said Gianni Infantino, president of FIFA. “We are closely monitoring the condition of BVB’s Marc Bartra, and wish him a speedy recovery from his injuries.”

The new schedule for the match, will played at 18:45 CET (12:45 p.m. ET).

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