German police are investigating an “Islamist link” to the bomb attack that targeted a Borussia Dortmund team bus Tuesday night, according to reports.
Police are examining a letter reportedly found at the site that claims responsibility for the series of explosions. The bombs went off near a German team bus as it transported players to a Champions League quarter-final game.
According to the German newspaper Sueddeutsche, the letter opens with; “In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful,” and also mentions the Berlin Christmas market attack.
The unsigned letter references Germany’s military involvement in surveillance operations against the Islamic State as the reason for the attack, reports Reuters, citing Sueddeutsche.
It adds that athletes and other celebrities “in Germany and other Kreuzfahrer nations” would be on a “death list of the Islamic state,” Sueddeutsche reports, which will apply until German Tornadoes are withdrawn and the American airbase is closed at Ramstein.
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However, investigators warn that instigators of the attack may have left the letter to mislead prosecutors, the paper reports.
Investigators are also examining a second letter claiming responsibility for the attack that was published online on Tuesday evening by a group called Antifa, a so-called “anti-fascist scene,” which claimed the attack was a “symbol for the policy of BVB [Borussia Dortmund],” reports Reuters citing Focus magazine.
Germany’s federal public prosecutor has taken over the investigation and will hold a news conference on the progress of enquiry at 12:00 GMT.
According to German police, up to three explosives may have been hidden in a hedge close to the official Dortmund team bus.
Most players were left unscathed in the attack, except for Spanish center back Marc Bartra who suffered injuries to his arm and hand, with the club wishing him a “speedy recovery.”
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