How suspected bus bomber hoped to make millions

22 Апреля, 2017, 01:37 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel

In what seems like a plot from a movie, police have arrested a man on suspicion of attacking the bus of the German football team Borussia Dortmund as part of a scheme to profit from a slump in the club's share price.

The prosecutors said the suspect bought most of the options online from his hotel on the day of the attack. One player was injured and needed surgery on his wrist.

The blast shattered the bus windows, and Spanish global Marc Bartra, 26, broke his wrist.

German prosecutors say they believe a 28-year-old German-Russian man suspected of carrying out a bombing attack on the Borussia Dortmund soccer team's bus acted alone.

He faces charges of attempted murder, causing an explosion and serious bodily harm.

The devices, which were hidden behind a hedge, contained pieces of metal and had a reach of 100 meters (109 yards), the federal prosecutor's office said. A policeman on a motorcycle escorting the bus suffered trauma from the noise of the blast.

The suspect, identified only as "Sergej W", is of dual German and Russian nationality and has been charged with attempted murder, causing an explosion and inflicting unsafe bodily harm.

"Like the Borussia Dortmund team, the defendant was also a guest of the Hotel L'Arrivée".

Prosecutors said his aim was to send the club's shares plummeting and making a profit on an investment. Dortmund, whose players were clearly rattled by the attack, ended up getting knocked out of the tournament after being upset in the two-leg competition by Monaco, losing, 3-2, at home and then losing away, 3-1, for an aggregate score of 6-3. "The suspect bought three different derivatives on shares of Borussia Dortmund, betting on a falling share price".

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In a press statement on Friday, Germany's criminal prosecutor said the faulty installation of the explosive devices may have saved the players' lives.

The suspect had reportedly beforehand booked a room, which provided a view of the street where the explosions later took place, at the team's hotel for the period between from April 4 to April 13, and was staying at the hotel on the day of the attack.

The club thanked authorities in a statement.

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

"The fact that no further people were injured or killed was, as we now know, purely a matter of luck", the team said on Facebook.

He added: "This information is important to everyone who sat in the bus because it would make it significantly easier to process (what happened)".

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.

Prosecutors revealed last week that they were investigating a third claim of responsibility for the explosions, with the Tagesspiegel newspaper reporting they had been sent a letter apparently written by far-right groups in the country.

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