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'Significant doubts' over Dortmund bus bomb attack letter

Borussia Dortmund's bus was hit by the triple blast on Tuesday as the team left a hotel in the German city. Credit: AP

Investigators reportedly have "significant doubts" about the authenticity of letters claiming responsibility for this week's bomb attack on German football club Borussia Dortmund's bus.

Three still-unverified confession letters found at the scene of Tuesday evening's blasts had suggested an Islamic extremist motive.

However a report commissioned by investigators - reported by German broadcasters NDR, WDR and newspaper Sueddeutsche - said detectives now question whether the letter was really written by Islamists.

German prosecutors confirmed on Thursday that a man detained in connection with the bus attack is believed to be a former commando unit leader for the so-called Islamic State in Iraq.


'Arrested trio suspected of plotting German police attack'

The Focus report said the trio were suspected of being part of a plot to attack German police with explosives. Credit: AP

Two men and a woman have reportedly been arrested in Germany on suspicion of being part of a plot to attack police with explosives.

The suspects, a 27-year-old Afghan, a 27-year-old Turk and a 25-year-old German, were held in the northern town of Celle, German magazine Focus reported, citing the local chief public prosecutor.

The report said the trio were arrested on Thursday evening on suspicion of supporting a suspected Islamist militant and helping to prepare a "serious act of violent subversion against the state".

The suspected Salafist militant they are suspected of supporting remains in custody after being arrested in February.

Dortmund coach: We were not ready to play today

Borussia Dortmund's coach has criticised UEFA for rescheduling the team's match against Monaco to take place 24 hours after players were targeted in a bomb attack.

Thomas Tuchel said the team were not asked about when they could play and said the side was told by text of the decision.

"It felt lousy. And that sticks with us," he said at a news conference.

"Minutes after the attacks, the only question was whether the game could go through or not. We were treated as if a beer can was thrown at the bus. It gives you a feeling of impotence."

UEFA said it had made the decision after consulting both teams.

Dortmund's Spanish defender Marc Bartra suffered injuries to his wrist and arm when three explosions hit the team bus on Tuesday about 90 minutes before they were due to play Monaco at Westfalenstadion.

Today he posted a picture to thank fans and wish his team luck but Dortmund lost 3-2 to Monaco.

Borussia Dortmund v Monaco match kicks off

The rescheduled match between Borussia Dortmund and Monaco is underway at Signal Iduna Park.

The Champions League quarter final game was postponed after Borussia Dortmund players were targeted in a bomb attack on the way to the game on Tuesday.


Let's do this! Borussia Dortmund arrives for match

Borussia Dortmund has tweeted footage of the team being welcomed to the Signal Iduna Park by rival Monaco fans ahead of tonight's rescheduled match.

"Ok, let's do this! Together," the club's official account posted as the players prepared to take on AS Monaco in the Champions League quarter final game.

Borussia Dortmund players were targeted in a bomb attack on the team's bus on Tuesday on their way to the game.

Another tweet read "We're back for Bartra" in honour of the team's Spanish defender Marc Bartra, who suffered injuries to his wrist and arm in the attack.

Marc Bartra sends message of thanks to fans

Dortmund's Spanish defender Marc Bartra has thanked fans for their support in an upbeat Instagram post that also wished his team well for tonight's rescheduled match against Monaco.

The 26-year-old suffered injuries to his wrist and arm when the team's bus was targeted in a bomb attack on Tuesday about 90 minutes before the teams were due to play at the nearby Westfalenstadion.

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His Instagram post showed his giving a thumbs up to the camera as he recovers from an operation on his wrist.

He wrote in Spanish and English: "Thank you everybody for all your support and your messages! All my strength to my team mates, supporters and fans and to @bvb09 for tonight's match! #HejaBVB"

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