German official: Dortmund attack suspect acted out of greed

The office of Germany's chief prosecutor confirmed Friday that a 28-year-old man from Russian Federation was detained over the recent attack on a bus transporting players of the Borussia Dortmund FC.

Police have been tracking the suspect for a week after he bombed the Borussia Dortmund team bus before their Champions League clash with French outfit AS Monaco on April 11.

Dortmund's Spanish global Marc Bartra and a policeman were injured in three blasts as the bus left the team hotel on the way to a home... Several windows on the bus were shattered, injuring defender Marc Bartra.

Rather than any link to Islamist terrorism, they say the suspect, identified only as Sergej W, had speculated on Dortmund's share value falling after the bombing.

"A significant drop in the price could have been expected if, as a result of the attack, players had been seriously injured or even killed", the prosecutors said.

German prosecutors say the 28-year-old man arrested on suspicion of attacking the Borussia Dortmund team bus had taken out a five-figure loan to bet on a drop in the clubs' stock by purchasing financial derivatives.

The devices, which were hidden behind a hedge, contained pieces of metal and had a reach of 100 metres, the federal prosecutor's office said.

The top security official of the North Rhine-Westphalia state, Ralf Jaeger, said that the attack was fuelled by a financial motive. A police officer accompanying the bus also suffered trauma. The game was eventually postponed until the following day.

He was staying in the same hotel as the team, with a view of the attack scene, and had bought so-called put options on the team's shares on the day of the attack, they said.

The man had booked a room in the same hotel as the soccer team overlooking the site of the attack.

A further statement is planned to be released on Friday.

The fact that, aside from Bartra, "no others were wounded or even killed, was - as we know today - exclusively due to huge luck".

After the three identical notes claiming responsibility for the attack were found at the scene, investigators initially considered the possibility that it might have been the work of Islamic extremists.

Left-back Marcel Schmelzer, meanwhile, added: "We hope we will learn all the background information to this attack".

  • Lila Blake