Another one. First Stockholm, then Egypt had one of the most devastating terrorist attacks this year. Now, Borussia Dortmund have experienced their own brush with terror.
At 7:15 P.M. local time, three explosive devices were detonated to the side of a bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund football team. Luckily, there have been no deaths. Of course, there has been one casualty, with Marc Bartra injured, we’ll talk about that later. The three explosions broke some of the vehicles windows and injured Bartra.
The team was due to play in a Champions League quarter-final against Monaco at the stadium only six miles way from the blast. 80,000 fans were waiting in the stadium, all of which were held there until it was safe to leave. It is extremely fortunate that there were no serious injuries to anyone, other than Bartra obviously but he’s fine apparently.
The only player injury in this attack was of Marc Bartra. According to various sources, he has undergone surgery to remove debris from his hand and to fix a broken bone in his wrist. What many reports are overlooking however is that a police officer was also injured. This police officer was escorting the bus, so it’s presumed he was injured in the blast along with Bartra.
Notably, the head of Dortmund Police has stated that this was a targeted attack on the team and not just a random act of terrorism. Other reports have stated that the explosives were hidden in a hedge. Team captain of Dortmund, Marcel Schmelzer, stated the team was in shock but their thoughts were with Bartra.
According to various sources, Marc Bartra will be able to return to playing before the end of the season.
Other than Bartra and the police officer, there were no other injuries. Thankfully nobody has died either. Fans at the stadium were told to remain there until it was deemed safe for them to leave. But that isn’t all. While the fans had to remain there, Monaco fans began to chant in support of Dortmund. While I don’t know enough about football, this is solidarity of some description. Somehow.
Twitter had #bedforawayfans trending, wherein home team fans took in away team fans for the night. Along with this, Bartra’s former club, FC Barcelona, tweeted their support for the player.
All of our support to @marcBartra, @BVB and all of their fans
On top of the support from his former club, Fifa President Gianni Infantino condemned the incident and wished for a “speedy recovery”.
Claims of responsibility.
At the time of writing this article, there has been breaking news that a perpetrator has been arrested with links to the attack. Lead prosecutor Frauke Koehle stated;
“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.” A letter has also been found that claims responsibility for the attack but the authenticity of the letter itself is under question.