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Three explosions have hit a bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund football team to their home Champions League quarter-final match against Monaco.

In a news conference, the head of Dortmund police said it was a targeted attack on the team.

Player Marc Bartra underwent an operation after breaking a bone in his wrist. No other players were hurt.

The state prosecutor said a letter found near the scene was being examined as part of the investigation.

The match was postponed until 18:45 local time (16:45 GMT) on Wednesday.

Pictures from the scene showed the bus's windows broken and tyres burst in the blasts.

Dortmund police said that "three explosive charges had detonated" at Hoechsten outside the city at about 19:00 local time.

The first indications were that this was an "attack with serious explosives", they said.

Fans at the 80,000-capacity Signal Iduna Park were told to stay there until it was safe to leave.

The stadium was later evacuated safely and police thanked the fans for their co-operation.

"As many officers as possible" would be deployed for tomorrow's rescheduled game, they said.

Monaco fans were praised for their chants of support for Dortmund. Social media also carried offers from Dortmund residents to Monaco fans in need of a bed for the night on #bedforawayfans.

Borussia Dortmund said in a statement: "Shortly after the departure of the Borussia Dortmund team bus from the hotel to the stadium there was an incident. The bus has been damaged in two places."

Dortmund's CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said: "The whole team is in a state of shock, you can't get pictures like that out of your head.

"I hope the team will be in a position to be able to compete tomorrow on the pitch. In a crisis situation like this, Borussia pulls together."

One of the Dortmund players, Mathias Ginter, was involved in the Germany-France match that was targeted in the terror attacks in Paris on 13 November, 2015. Another present in Paris, Andre Schurrle, was injured for the Monaco match.

FC Barcelona, Bartra's former club, tweeted: "All of our support to @MarcBartra, @BVB and their fans."

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy also tweeted his support, wishing Bartra a quick recovery.

Fifa president Gianni Infantino said the football organising body condemned the incident and wished Bartra a "speedy recovery".

Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin said he was "deeply disturbed by the explosions".

"The decision taken to postpone the UEFA Champions League match between Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco was the correct one since we must always prioritise the safety and security of all fans, team officials and players," he said.

"I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the representatives of the two clubs, the local authorities, and the supporters for their cooperation on the ground."

Dortmund are currently fourth in the German Bundesliga table.(BBC)

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  • lokka Thursday, 13 April 2017 03:31 AM

    peace of religion ..haha anjela merkel must need these experience

    Bala Wednesday, 12 April 2017 09:33 AM

    While I sympathise with the injured, and understand their anxieties, from a selfish point of view, hope the yahapalanaya govt. can convince the EU blokes what it is to face terror and get their support against the current UNHCR resolution and make them understand the effort our forces put in. I think they should try meeting the Police and Forces in those countries and get them to put pressure on thier govts to suppot our cause.But our Ambassadors are useless in this regard.

    Lord Wolfstein Wednesday, 12 April 2017 10:55 AM

    Terrorist attacks in European countries is not a reason for not punishing the war criminals in Sri Lanka. The German police is much better trained in anti terrorism than the "war heroes" and they do it without violating human rights.

    ralahamy Thursday, 13 April 2017 10:53 AM

    Germany VC Merkel has allowed a million refugees - Muslims and Christians against wishes of her political opponents. ISIS is trying to show that Germany should not accept refugees. Do you still think ISIS murdered are real Muslims? I pity you.

    Mason Wednesday, 12 April 2017 02:18 PM

    The Borussia Dortmund team will be so affected that they will not be able to play as usual, which will have a say onb the result. This appears to be exactly what the attackers want.Pray , both teams to do well when they meet.


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