BREAKING: Germany: “Serious explosive devices” go off near top soccer team bus, injuring player

Police officers and firefighters stand outside the Dortmund team bus after it was damaged in an explosion before the Champions League quarterfinal soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco in Dortmund, western Germany, Tuesday, April 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

“Right-wing extremists”? Must be. After all, it couldn’t be Islamic jihad terrorists, right? It’s a religion of peace!

Seriously, even if this isn’t jihad, it shows how the culture is corrupted by jihad. Human being are imitative creatures. Just as there was a spate of assassinations in the 1960s, there could very well now be a spate of bombings committed by non-Muslims, who see how jihadis perpetrate attack after attack and are rewarded with appeasement and accommodation.

Or it could be…Islamic jihadists.

“Germany: Player hurt in blasts near Borussia Dortmund bus,” by Martin Meissner, Associated Press, April 11, 2017:

Three explosions went off near the team bus of one of Germany’s top soccer clubs as it set off for a Champions League quarterfinal match on Tuesday evening, injuring a player.

Police said in a statement they were working on the assumption that the blasts were caused by “serious explosive devices,” which may have been hidden in a hedge near a car park.

They didn’t elaborate on the possible nature of the devices or say who might have planted them ahead of first-leg match between Borussia Dortmund and Monaco, which was subsequently called off and rescheduled for Wednesday.

Police said that there were three explosions near the Dortmund team bus as they left their hotel on the outskirts of the western city of Dortmund for the stadium, around 10 kilometers (6 miles) away, at around 7 p.m. local time (1700 GMT).

A window on the bus was damaged and Spanish defender Marc Bartra was injured.

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Dortmund said Bartra was taken to a hospital. Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke said Bartra was injured in the arm and hand “but nothing life-threatening.”

Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Buerki said the team bus had just pulled out of the hotel driveway when an explosion — a “huge bang” — happened and sent glass flying. The Switzerland international told Swiss daily Blick that he was sitting in the last row of the bus, next to Bartra.

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Bartra was hit by shards from the broken back window, he added. Players ducked for cover, wondering whether there would be more explosions.

“We’re all shocked — nobody thought about a football match in the minutes after that,” he said….

Lange said a further “suspicious object” was found at the scene, but it does not appear to have been another explosive device.

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Inside the packed stadium, supporters of Monaco, which plays in the French league, chanted “Dortmund, Dortmund” in sympathy for the German side. Dortmund residents, for their part, used social media to offer accommodation to stranded Monaco supporters ahead of their rescheduled match in Europe’s premier soccer club competition.

“The team is totally shocked, that’s clear. It’s our task now to digest this somehow because it’s only 24 hours before we have to play. That’s our job,” Dortmund Chief Executive Officer Hans-Joachim Watzke said.

Watzke added that there was “no alternative” to rescheduling the match for Wednesday, as Monaco also has to play over the weekend and the return Champions League match is scheduled for next week.

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“It’s a very unfortunate situation, but there was no other way,” he said.

Stadium spokesman Norbert Dickel informed fans already inside the venue of the cancellation, saying that “there is no reason for panic here at the stadium.” Police said fans left the stadium without problems.

Police chief Lange made clear that authorities will put heavy security in place for Wednesday’s match, though there was no threat to the stadium on Tuesday.

“We are preparing for a major operation tomorrow, and we will do everything humanly possible to ensure that the match tomorrow can occur safely,” he said.

The president of European soccer governing body UEFA, Aleksander Ceferin, said he was “deeply disturbed by the explosions” and that the teams had made the correct call by postponing their match.

“The thoughts of every one of us at FIFA are with the people of Dortmund, and the fans of both Borussia Dortmund and Monaco following today’s troubling events,” said world governing body FIFA’s president, Gianni Infantino. He wished Bartra a “speedy recovery” and condemned the explosions.

Germany has seen matches postponed over security concerns before.

In November 2015, Germany’s international soccer friendly against the Netherlands in Hannover was canceled just before kickoff because police feared an explosive device might be detonated at the stadium.

It came days after devices were detonated outside the Stade de France in Paris as France was playing Germany as part of a coordinated attack on the French capital.

Sources: AP, ABC, and Jihad Watch