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How suspected bus bomber hoped to make millions

How suspected bus bomber hoped to make millions

German federal prosecutors say the bombing of a soccer team's bus in Dortmund, Germany, was carried out by a man apparently attempting to manipulate the team's stock for profit.

The prosecutors said the suspect bought most of the options online from his hotel on the day of the attack. Bartra had to have surgery on his wrist and arm and is out of action for several weeks. Defender Marc Bartra and a policeman were injured in the blasts, which saw the match postponed until the next day.

They said he bought a significant number of put options for shares in Dortmund, which would have allowed him to sell them at a pre-determined even if they fell in value in the wake of the attack.

Per Melissa Eddy of the New York Times, Sergej has been charged with attempted murder, inflicting serious bodily harm and carrying out an explosion.

Prosecutors said there is no indication that the suspect was aided by others. A police officer accompanying the bus also suffered trauma from the blast.

Three purported claims of responsibility stating a radical Islamist motive were found at the scene, on paper bearing no fingerprints, prosecutors said.

The German prosecutors office said the suspect was arrested on suspicion of detonating three bombs filled with metal pins in a hedge near the team bus of Borussia Dortmund, one of Europe's top teams.

"You could expect a massive drop in values of the shares if players had been injured or even killed during the attack".

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said that, if it was confirmed the suspect planned to murder footballers to manipulate the stock market, then "this would be a particularly repugnant motive".

In a press statement on Friday, Germany's criminal prosecutor said the faulty installation of the explosive devices may have saved the players' lives.

Reports say investigators caught wind of Sergej W.'s plot when he made "suspicious options purchases" for shares in Borussia Dortmund stock using a computer at the same hotel the team stayed at in Dortmund, Germany. He had reserved the room in mid-March for the periods April 9-13 and 16-20 - coinciding with the team's two scheduled matches against Monaco, though it was not yet clear at the time which one would be held in Dortmund.

The club thanked authorities in a statement. "The fact that, aside from Bartra, no others were wounded or even killed, was - as we know today - exclusively due to huge luck".

"The fact that no further people were injured or killed was, as we now know, purely a matter of luck", the team said on Facebook. "This information is important to everyone who sat in the bus because it would make it significantly easier to process (what happened)", he was quoted as saying.

Three identical letters were found at the scene, linking the attack to German involvement in the fight against Islamic State in Syria.

These called for Germany to stop bombing Syria and for a USA air base in the European country to be shuttered.

German newspaper Tagesspiegel said on its website last week it had received an anonymous far-right email claiming responsibility for Tuesday's attack.


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