BERLIN – A Russian-German citizen was arrested on suspicion of carrying out an attack on the Borussia Dortmund soccer team’s bus, the German federal prosecutor’s office said on Friday.
According to the prosecutor’s statement, the suspect, Sergej W., 28, acquired a total of 15,000 options, or rights to sell Dortmund shares, on April 11, the same day as three devices were detonated near the bus, lightly injuring two.
He bought the options using a loan he had taken out a week earlier.
The prosecution said the suspect wanted to use the attack on Dortmund’s bus to achieve a considerable drop in shares and thus profit from selling them at a price that had been previously established when he had acquired the options.
The public prosecutor’s office said the transaction was carried out from the hotel L’Arrivée, where both the Dortmund team and the detainee were staying.
The man was believed to have been staying there since April 9, in a room overlooking the place where the attack took place later.
The suspect had already reserved a room in mid-March for April 9-13 and 16-20, two periods which comprised both the first leg and the return of the Champions League between Borussia and Monaco.
At the time of the reservation, it was not yet known which of the two meetings would take place in the German city.
The detainee was charged with attempted murder, detonation of explosive material and causing serious physical injury.
The prosecution said that the team bus was not armored, but equipped with security glasses.
The bus was damaged in the front and rear and several windows broken.
The attack lightly injured Spanish Dortmund player Marc Barta and a police officer.
At the site of the blast, investigators found notes that suggested the explosion was linked to Islamic extremism, but experts said they were doubtful there was a connection.