A 28-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the explosions that targeted the Borussia Dortmund team ahead of their Champions League quarter-final first leg tie with Monaco, last week.

The unnamed suspect is believed to be responsible for three explosions that occurred prior to BVB's clash with the French league leaders on 11th April at Westfalenstadion.

The suspect was arrested in Baden-Wurttemberg by a German federal anti-terrorist unit in the early hours of this morning. He has been charged with attempted murder, causing an explosion and aggravated battery, according to an official press release from the Federal Prosecutor's office in Germany.

Borussia Dortmund

German police at the scene of the crime, the morning after the attack. Image: PA

In the statement, the Prosecutor's office claim that the man's motive had been financial reasons, as he had predicted Dortmund's share value would plummet after an attack.

The man had reportedly booked a hotel room between the dates of 9th April-13th April and then 16th April-20th April, which will have coincided with the return leg of the quarter-final between the two teams at the Stade Louis II stadium.

Sniffer dog Dortmund

A sniffer dog is used by security forces inside Dortmund's stadium in the wake of the attack. Image: PA

Spiegel, who broke the story earlier this morning, report that tip offs from the financial sector helped Federal Criminal Police and North-Rhine Westphalian state police with the arrest, with one bank also informing them that they suspected money laundering was taking place.

The attacks, which caused Dortmund defender Marc Bartra to suffer a broken hand, used explosive devices that were filled with metal pins, some of which were embedded into headrests on the bus, narrowly avoiding more serious, or potentially fatal injuries.

Marc Bartra

Bartra's injury has ruled him out of action for a month, but it could have been a lot worse. Image: PA

Three identical letters were found at the scene of the blast, which hinted at an Islamic extremist motive, but these theories were soon dispelled by authorities, with another letter also claiming a far right group were responsible, yet no solid link could be made between them and the man arrested for the attack.


Featured Image Credit: PA

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