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Man charged with Borussia Dortmund bomb attack
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Man charged with Borussia Dortmund bomb attack

21/04/17Government

Police in Germany have charged a man suspected of being responsible for an attack on the Borussia Dortmund (BVB) football team bus.

The suspect was a market trader hoping to make money if the price of shares in the team fell, prosecutors say.

Identified only as Sergej W, he was staying in the team’s hotel in a room overlooking the street where the explosion took place.

Two people needed medical help after three bombs exploded near the bus.

Spanish footballer Marc Bartra underwent wrist surgery and a police officer was treated for shock.

Police were originally treating the blast as a terrorist attack after letters were found near the site of the attack indicating links to so-called ‘Islamic State’ (IS). They arrested a 25-year-old Iraqi “with Islamist links” the day afterwards.

However, the following week, investigators cast “significant doubt” on jihadist motivations being behind it.

They said letters found at the scene may have been an attempt to trick people into thinking there was an Islamist motive.

In a statement on 21 April, the German federal prosecutor’s office said the 28-year-old, who has German and Russian nationality, had been charged with attempted murder. He was arrested near Tübingen in Baden-Wuerttemberg in south-west Germany.

The suspect had allegedly bought options to short-sell 15,000 shares of stock – reportedly priced at €78,000 – in BVB. He would have profited from falling share prices after the attack.

The suspect placed the bet on 11 April using an IP address traced to the hotel, after taking out a loan for the money.

BVB’s stock did drop from €5.738 to a low of €5.421 after the attack. Having recovered slightly it slid again after the team was eliminated from the Champions League.