Borussia Dortmund defender Marc Bartra injured when three explosive devices go off near team bus

Three explosive devices shattered windows in Borussia Dortmund’s team bus, injuring one player on Tuesday


Borussia Dortmund defender Marc Bartra underwent surgery on his right wrist on Tuesday after three explosive devices went off near the team’s bus, sending shards of glass into his arm and hand, the team reported.

The bus was on its way to Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park, where the team was set to face AS Monaco in their Champions League quarterfinal. The game was postponed until Wednesday, when the police said extra security will be on hand.

Dortmund police are still searching for suspects, as they work under the assumption that the attack was targeted against the team.

At a press conference late Tuesday, prosecutors said police found what they describe as “a letter” close to the crime scene, and are working to determine whether it could be connected to the person or people who set off the explosions. Police have described have described the devices as “serious.”

Bartra, meanwhile, is expected to make a full recovery, according to Borussia Dortmund Manager Thomas Tuchel (via the BBC’s Jenny Hill).

The 26-year-old Spaniard remained in the hospital on Tuesday, while the team wished him a quick recovery on social media.

“Marc Bartra was injured in the explosion and is currently in the hospital,” the team said. “[Wishing you] a good and quick recovery, Marc!”

Goalkeeper Roman Bürki talked more about the incident that occurred around 7 p.m. local time to Switzerland’s

“I was sitting in the back row next to Marc Bartra, who was hit by shards of the broken back window,” he said. “And after the bang, we were all hunkered down on the bus … we are all shocked.”

Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke said the explosions occurred “in the immediate vicinity” of the team’s hotel, just as the bus was leaving the parking lot.

“The team and the coaches are, of course, shocked,” he added. “We must now channel this in some way. It will not be easy to get out of that mindset.”

Police have been using social media to keep fans and others updated on the incident in an effort to maintain order. For instance, as fans exited the stadium, police tweeted they should not be alarmed if they see drones in the air. The police said they would be using the drones to search the area.

Both the team and police have expressed gratitude to the crowd for keeping calm during the incident. Fans filed out of the stadium in an orderly manner, but not before expressing their support for the team by chanting its name, according to the Borussia officials online.

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