Germany: Letters Claiming Responsibility of Borussia Dortmund Bus Blasts May Be Fake

Three "serious explosions" went off by Dortmund's team bus Tuesday as the players were about to head to the stadium for the Champions League quarterfinal against AS Monaco.

German media reported last week a metal pin from the bomb was found embedded in headrest of the Borussia Dortmund bus seat.

A dark few days for Borussia Dortmund star Marc Bartra were made a little brighter when he caught up with former Barcelona team-mates Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets.

A spokeswoman for federal prosecutors cited an email from the newspaper, saying: "We have the letter claiming responsibility".

The source also said that specialist knowledge was required to use the military detonators, which are not easy to get.

Bartra was the only player to receive injuries of any kind, but has been released from hospital after being successfully operated.

The pipe bombs, which exploded near the club's team bus, injured Spanish defender Marc Bartra and a police officer.

No one inside was in danger, police said.

"One of the most likely scenarios is that the attack had a far-right background", a police spokesman said.

Joachim Thomas, chairman of the association of German stadium operators, told Welt am Sonntag he believed full-body scanners would be used at entrances to stadiums in future.

Having eliminated Manchester City in the previous round on away goals after a 3-1 home win cancelled out a 5-3 first-leg defeat, Monaco will be confident of finishing the job against Borussia on their own turf.

Investigators say that three letters discovered near the attack, which claimed Islamists were behind it, were fabricated.



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