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Extremist Motive Suspected for Attack On German Soccer Team’s Bus

A window of Dortmund’s team bus is damaged after 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)

A note left at the scene suggests a possible Islamic extremist motive for the attack on German soccer team Borussia Dortmund’s bus, and one suspect has been detained, German prosecutors said Wednesday.

Frauke Koehler, a spokeswoman for federal prosecutors, said investigators are focusing on two suspected Islamic extremists – but authorities said a range of other motives are possible for the Tuesday evening attack before a soccer match. One of the Islamic suspects, a man, was arrested.

Investigators found three copies of the note at the scene, including demands for the withdrawal of German reconnaissance jets that are assisting the fight against the Islamic State group.

Federal prosecutors took over the case on the basis that a “terrorist background” is likely, but “the exact motive for the attack is still unclear,” Koehler said.

Three explosions went off near Dortmund’s bus as the team set off Tuesday evening from its hotel for its match against Monaco. They shattered a window of the bus – injuring a Borussia Dortmund player, who underwent surgery for injuries to his wrist and arm.

The match was called off shortly before kickoff and rescheduled for Wednesday evening.

The devices used in the attack contained metal pins, one of which buried its way into a headrest on the bus, Koehler said. Speaking shortly before Koehler, the region’s top security official raised the possibility that the note found at the scene could be “an attempt to lay a false trail.”