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Saturday 21 October 2017

Seven times terrorism has marred sporting events

Football fans gather on the field of the Stade de France stadium following the friendly football match between France and Germany in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on November 13, 2015, after a series of gun attacks across Paris as well as explosions outside the national stadium where France was hosting Germany. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
Football fans gather on the field of the Stade de France stadium following the friendly football match between France and Germany in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on November 13, 2015, after a series of gun attacks across Paris as well as explosions outside the national stadium where France was hosting Germany. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Three explosions around Borussia Dortmund's team bus left defender Marc Bartra hospitalised and their Champions League clash with Monaco was rescheduled for Wednesday.

The incident took place around three kilometres away from the Westfalenstadion, where the teams were due to play their quarter-final first leg.

It is not the first time the spectre of terror has disrupted a sporting event and, here, Press Association Sport looks at others:

September 1972 - 'Black September' attack on Israeli Olympic athletes

Eleven Israeli athletes and coaches were taken hostage and then killed, along with one German police officer, by Palestinian Liberation Organisation faction 'Black September' during the 'Munich Massacre' at the 1972 Summer Olympics.

July 1996 - Atlanta bombing

Eric Robert Rudolph, a former explosives expert for the US Army, was responsible for a bomb exploding at Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, causing two deaths and injuries to more than 110 others.

September 2001 - 9/11

In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks by Al-Qaeda on the United States, which resulted in almost 3,000 casualties, the 34th Ryder Cup, scheduled to be played at The Belfry later in September, was postponed for a year.

March 2009 - Sri Lankan cricket team bus attacked

Pakistan have been playing international matches almost exclusively outside their homeland since six policemen and two civilians were killed when the touring Sri Lankan team bus was attacked en route to the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore for the third day of the second Test. Thilan Samaraweera and Tharanga Paranavitana were hospitalised while several other players sustained lesser injuries.

January 2010 - Togo football team bus attack

Three people - the bus driver, an assistant coach and a press officer - died when terrorists opened fire on the Togo coach in the Cabinda region of Angola, where the team were travelling for the start of the African Nations Cup. Defender Serge Akakpo and goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilale were among a number of passengers injured.

April 2013 - Boston Marathon bombing

Chechen-American brothers Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev detonated two bombs near the Boston Marathon finish line, resulting in the deaths of three people while hundreds were injured.

November 2015 - Paris terror attacks

A wave of terror swept the city of Paris and caused 137 casualties, four of which, including three suicide bombers, died when three explosions occurred near the Stade de France, where France and Germany were playing a friendly international. While the game played to a conclusion, fans were brought on to the pitch and the teams spent the night inside the stadium.

In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks by Al-Qaeda on the United States, which resulted in almost 3,000 casualties, the 34th Ryder Cup, scheduled to be played at The Belfry later in September, was postponed for a year.

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