REPORT: Borussia Dortmund Team Bus Struck by Explosion, 1 Player Injured [UPDATE: Suspect Detained]

Borussia Dortmund’s team bus was hit by an explosion en route to today’s match against Monaco, the team said.

Defender Marc Barta was reportedly injured and taken to the hospital. Dortmund’s release also says that there is no danger in the vicinity of the stadium.

Bild is reporting that an explosive on the road caused the windows of the bus to shatter, and that the player injured was defender Marc Bartra.

Per Fox Sports 1, the match has been delayed.

This is a developing story and more information will be added as it comes out.

UPDATE: UEFA postponed the match until Wednesday, according to ESPN FC.

Spanish paper Sport (via Eurosport’s Tom Adams) reported Bartra suffered an injury to his hand and described the 26-year-old as “OK but in shock.”

UPDATE 04-12-17:

From the BBC:

A spokeswoman for Germany’s federal state prosecutor in Karlsruhe, Frauke Koehler, said: “Two suspects from the Islamist spectrum have become the focus of our investigation. Both of their apartments were searched, and one of the two has been detained.”

Koehler also said that there was a piece of shrapnel embedded in one of the headrests of the bus.

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel spoke out strongly against the attack, which she called a “revolting act.”

“The chancellor was, like the people of Dortmund and millions of people everywhere, appalled by the attack on the BVB team bus,” spokesman Steffen Seibert said.

The first leg of the match between Dortmund and AS Monaco was postponed following the blast. The match will be played today, Wednesday, at 12:45 p.m. ET.

After the explosion Bartra was taken to the hospital, where he underwent successful surgery on his wrist.


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