Homeland Security

IED Explosions Target German Soccer Team Bus; Note at Scene Claims Islamist Motive

UPDATE: A man known to authorities as an Islamist has been arrested. See more updates below.

A series of explosions set off near the Borussia Dortmund’s team bus last night rocked the vehicle and injured one of the team’s star players, Marc Bartra.


The three explosions were caused by an apparent IED remotely detonated with a mobile phone.

While authorities initially tried to downplay any possible terrorist connection, reports early this morning indicate that the case is now being considered a possible act of terrorism after a note found at the scene indicated a possible Islamist motive.

Some of the details of that note claiming responsibility are now coming to light.

Deutsche Welle reports:

Three explosions went off near Borussia Dortmund’s team bus as it set off for the Champions League quarterfinal match against AS Monaco on Tuesday, authorities said. According to local media reports, the case has been handed over to federal prosecutors, which usually means an incident is considered terrorism or a similarly serious crime.

Further reports indicated that a note found near the explosives began “in the name of Allah, the merciful,” and that investigators were looking into possible Islamist connections.

Police spokesman Gunnar Wortmann confirmed there were “three explosions near the [Borussia Dortmund] team bus as they left the hotel to go to the stadium.” Dortmund police said on their Twitter account said they “assume that this was an attack with serious explosives.”


One German media outlet has obtained the text of the note.

An edited Google Translate version of the note reads:

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, 12 unbelievers will be killed by our Blessed Brethren in Germany…

Your Tornadoes [German military aircraft] still fly above the ground of the caliphate to assassinate Muslims. However, we remain steadfast by the grace of Allah.

As of now, all the disbelieving actors, singers, sportsmen and all prominent figures in Germany and other Crusader nations are on the death list of the Islamic State. And as long as the following demands are not fulfilled: Removing Tornadoes from Syria. Rammstein Air Base must be closed.

A self-styled “anti-fascist” group also claimed responsibility:


The explosions and threats notwithstanding, the two teams have vowed to hold the soccer match tonight.

And despite the rivalry, Borussia Dortmund fans worked to accommodate AS Monaco fans who were stranded after the match was canceled.

We will continue to monitor the situation and any additional reports on the investigation.


UPDATE: Bild reports that an Islamist known to authorities is under arrest for the bombing.


And a second man is also under arrest. Police gave a briefing within the hour. Here’s a translated version:

Police are saying that they are treating the incident as an act of Islamic terrorism.

And it sounds as if the injuries from these IEDs could have been considerably worse:


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