Bus bombing suspect hoped to profit off attack, officials say


A 28-year-old man suspected of carrying out a bombing attack on the Borussia Dortmund football team bus was formally arrested on Friday afternoon.

Initial investigations focused on letters claiming responsibility for the attack that were found close to the site of the blasts, which claimed the attack was carried out "in the name of Allah", broadcaster ARD reported, citing other news media.

The 28-year-old man, a dual German and Russian national identified as Sergei V., had bought options on Borussia Dortmund's stock before the attack, hoping to make a profit, it said in a statement.

The quarter-final first-leg match, rescheduled for the day after the attack, was won by Monaco amid heightened security.

Prosecutors say the suspect, who has been charged with attempted murder, causing an explosion and serious bodily harm, had considered the impact of the bombings on the Bundesliga clib's share price.

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Federal prosecutors said the suspect, who also was staying in the same hotel as the team, had bought 15,000 put options for a total of 78,000 euros ($80,000) on the Internet for shares in Borussia Dortmund, the only top club in Germany that is publicly listed.

"The man appears to have wanted to commit murder out of greed", Ralf Jager, the North Rhine-Westphalia state's minister of the interior, said, according to ESPN FC.

According to prosecutors, the suspect had checked into the hotel where the team was staying.

Investigators believe three explosive devices packed with metal pins were hidden in a hedge and set off as the bus passed.

The three explosive devices shattered windows and injured Bartra. A motorcycle police officer suffered inner ear damage from the blast. "The fact that no further people were injured or killed was, as we now know, purely a matter of luck", it said on Facebook.

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Captain Marcel Schmelzer said the side hoped learning the truth about the attack would help players "come to terms with" what happened.

The incident initially was treated as a terrorist incident after a note hinting at an Islamist connection was found at the scene.

These called for Germany to stop bombing Syria and for a USA air base in the European country to be shuttered. But experts said the letter's mix of correct, complicated German and obvious mistakes suggested it was a red herring - as were two subsequent claims pointing to left-wing and right-wing extremists.

The attack against the Borussia Dortmund team bus, which was filled with some of the country's biggest sports stars, shortly after it left its hotel en route to the stadium only exacerbated that angst.

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