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Saturday 29 April 2017

German police warn suspected terror attack on Borussia Dortmund bus could have been far worse after confirming first arrest

Police officers stand in front of Dortmund's damaged team bus
Police officers stand in front of Dortmund's damaged team bus

Ed Malyon

German police have confirmed that one person has been arrested as part of the investigation into a suspected terrorist attack on the Borussia Dortmund coach.

A spokesman for the Bundeskriminalamt also revealed that they were fortunate to not be dealing with any casualties after shrapnel was found lodged in other areas of the bus.

"These explosives contained metal shards - we can be happy that nothing worse happened.

"One of the metal shards in the explosive remained lodged in a seat headrest. It could have been worse.

"Two suspects are currently the subject of investigations. One person has been arrested.

"We are treating this incident as a terrorist attack," before adding, "an Islamic background is possible."

A letter recovered at the scene is being analysed for authenticity, but claims responsibility for the attack. It details Islamist motives, and recalls the Christmas market attack which also took place in Germany at the end of last year.

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