German officials say Islamist led attack on soccer team

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German authorities are investigating a suspected Islamist who led an attack on one of the country’s top soccer teams.

The attack happened on Tuesday evening on the Borussia Dortmund bus, in which one of the team’s defenders was injured.  The attack broke the windows of the bus, sending shrapnel into Marc Bartra’s arm and breaking his wrist.

A spokeswoman for the Federal Prosecutors, who investigates suspected terrorism, said three letters near the scene lead them to believe there was an Islamist motive behind the attack.  According to investigators, the letters described Germany’s military campaign against the Islamic State and also used for the U.S military base at Ramstein in western Germany be shut down.

Two suspects were sought after the incident, but only one was detained, according to officials.

“The chancellor was last night, like people in Dortmund, like millions everywhere, appalled by the attack on the BVB team bus,” Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert told a news conference. “One can only be relieved that the consequences were not worse,” he said, praising Dortmund fans for offering accommodation to AS Monaco fans after the postponement.

The soccer game was postponed for 24-hours and security will be increased at UEFA Champions League games.

H/T: Reuters


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