A terrorist attack?
Who could have possibly seen something like that happening?
German police have detained a suspect with “Islamist links” following a bomb attack on the bus of the Borussia Dortmund football team.
Damn… and there I was, expecting it would be some blond haired, blue eyed, native German, by the name of Fritz. Maybe next time.
Prosecutors also said the three explosive devices contained metal pieces.
All the better to tear a body apart with.
Two letters claiming the attack on Tuesday evening were being investigated, they said.
Prosecutors are treating the blasts as a terrorist attack but say the precise motive is unclear at present.
Yes, lets not be hasty and make rash judgements. We should probably wait until a proper investigation is done, before making assumptions.
Though I do 100% guarantee that if a white guy had attacked Muslims, they’d instantly assume that it was racially motivated, and the media would have 24/7 coverage about the horrible epidemic of white supremacy and racism.
Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday said the attack was “an appalling crime” and praised the fans of both teams for coming together.
Merkel is responsible for this. She was the one who decided to invite the entire third world to come live in Germany, and it’s no coincidence that the number of rapes and terrorist attacks in Germany have increased ever since. She has to go.
Fans are arriving at Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund for the rescheduled Champions League quarter-final first-leg, set to kick off at 18:45 local time (16:45 GMT).
Earlier, a spokeswoman for Germany’s federal prosecutor, Frauke Koehler, said: “Two suspects from the Islamist spectrum have become the focus of our investigation. Both of their apartments were searched, and one of the two has been detained.”
I bet they were already well known to authorities, if they were found this quickly. Remind me again, why exactly these monsters are free to live in Europe?
German media are reporting that the suspect detained is a 25-year-old Iraqi, and the second suspect is a 28-year-old German.
The blast radius of the attack was about 100m. Prosecutors said it was lucky the casualties were not worse.
“We’re so lucky that the hostile invaders who are constantly attacking us, and have killed untold numbers already, didn’t do so much damage this time.”
Ms Koehler said a piece of shrapnel had embedded itself in the headrest of one of the seats on the team bus.
Imagine if a person had been sitting in that seat.
She said three copies of the same letter were found near the site of the blasts, indicating that the attacker had links to so-called Islamic State (IS). IS had said it carried out the attack on a Christmas market in Berlin in December that killed 12 people.
ISIS will claim responsibility for every attack committed by a Muslim, whether they’re a member of their organisation or not.
Ms Koehler said the letter demanded “the withdrawal of [German] tornado fighter jets from Syria and, I quote, the closure of Ramstein airbase.”
Ramstein is a significant US Air Force base. The text is being analysed to see if it is authentic.
And then once that is done, they’ll be satisfied, and won’t commit acts of terrorism in Europe anymore.
The Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper said the letter began with the phrase “in the name of Allah”.
But it said it was possible the perpetrators were deliberately trying to mislead the investigation.
Honestly, it is quite possible and all avenues should be investigated before jumping to conclusions. Maybe some far-right, Neo Nazi group, staged the attack, in order to frame Muslims for it.
A second letter was published online, in which left-wing extremist groups claimed to have carried out the attack, but prosecutors had reason to believe this letter was not authentic.
… Or maybe it was just Communist scum instead. As an alternative to a Muslim attack, this is probably the next most likely explanation, seeing as usually, it’s leftist groups like Antifa who are most likely to be behind politically motivated violence. YouTube is full of videos of them attacking people.
What happened on Tuesday evening?
Borussia Dortmund players were on their way to their home Champions League quarter-final first-leg match against Monaco, when three explosive charges detonated, police said.
Spain international Marc Bartra underwent an operation after breaking a bone in his wrist. No other players were hurt, but a police officer on a motorbike escorting the bus suffered trauma from the noise of the explosions.
Several reports said the explosives had been hidden in a hedge.
Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki told Swiss news outlet Blick that the bus had turned on to the main road when there was a loud noise.
The players ducked to the floor of the bus, not knowing if there would be more blasts, he said.
Captain Marcel Schmelzer added “we’re all in shock” but their thoughts were with their injured colleague. The 80,000-capacity Signal Iduna Park was later evacuated safely.
Isn’t Germany such an exciting country these days?
Despite the apparent claim of an Islamist motive, the attack does not have much in common with previous such attacks, says the BBC’s correspondent in Berlin, Damien McGuinness.
The explosives were not designed to cause maximum damage in a crowd – or to target the stadium itself, which is several kilometres away.
Maybe they just couldn’t get that far. Or maybe the bus was just their preferred target.
Either left-wing or right-wing extremists could also be to blame.
Perhaps. We’ll just have to see what the investigation turns up.
How have people reacted?
Monaco fans at the stadium were praised for their chants of support for Dortmund.
Social media also carried offers from Dortmund residents to Monaco fans in need of a bed for the night on #bedforawayfans.
Fifa president Gianni Infantino said the football organising body condemned the incident and wished Bartra a “speedy recovery”.
Security is tight for the rescheduled match, with no backpacks being allowed to be brought in to the stadium. Fans were told to arrive early.
“We want to show that terror and hatred can never dictate our actions,” Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke said.
My guess is that no lesson has been learned here.