Friday, 14 April 2017

German police arrests Iraqi national in connection with Dortmund bus attack


German authorities have arrested an Iraqi national in connection with the bombing of the Borussia Dortmund bus on Tuesday night, which injured one player, Marc Bartra. 

In a statement released by the Federal Prosecutor’s Office (GBA) Thursday, a warrant arrest was issued against a 26-year-old Iraqi national, identified as Abdul Beset A, on suspicion of having links to Islamic State (IS) and connection with the bombing of the bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund football team to a Champions League game against AS Monaco.

The GBA’s statement noted investigators have so far produced 'no evidence' of the suspect’s direct involvement in the attack but they strongly suspected that Abdul Beset A. joined IS in late 2014 in Iraq.

In March 2015, he was said to have traveled to Turkey and then arrived in Germany at the beginning of 2016, the GBA said. The suspect maintained contact with IS even from inside Germany, it added.

According to the statement, the investigation also revealed that the suspect led a unit of 10 militants whose task was 'to prepare and execute abductions, extortions and killings.'

Meanwhile, Spanish defender, Marc Bartra who was the only player that got injured in the Borussia Dortmund bus bombing has undergone successful surgery.

Taking to his Instagram page, the defender who suffered a broken wrist as a result of broken glass as an explosion shattered windows on the Bundesliga side's team bus, shared a thumbs up photo accompanied with a thank you message to fans.

He wrote:
 "As you can see I am doing much better. Thank you, everybody, for all your support and your messages!"
According to Dortmund coach, Thomas Tuchel, Marc Bartra will return to training in four weeks.

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