Dortmund Bus Bomb Was A Stock Scam

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Dortmund Bus Bomb Was A Stock Scam

Postby toucana on April 21st, 2017, 4:44 am 

Police in Germany have charged a man suspected of being behind an attack on the Borussia Dortmund football team bus earlier this month.

The Borussia Dortmund bus was attacked with bombs hidden in a hedge as it left the team hotel to travel to a European champions league match. The coach windows were smashed and the tyres were shredded by shrapnel.

Spanish footballer Marc Bartra underwent wrist surgery and a police officer was treated for shock.

Following the attack on 11 April, Borussia Dortmund's Champions League match against Monaco was rescheduled a day later.

Rather than having links to radical Islamism, the suspect is a market trader who was hoping to make money if the price of shares in the team fell, prosecutors say. He was arrested early on Friday near Tübingen in Baden-Wuerttemberg in south-west Germany.

The 28-year-old, identified only as Sergej W, was staying in the team's hotel in a room overlooking the street where the explosion took place.

Police were originally treating the blast as a terrorist attack after letters were found near the site of the attack indicating links to so-called Islamic State (IS), but investigators became suspicious that these were forgeries intended to trick people into thinking there was an Islamist motive.

The suspect had allegedly bought options to short-sell 15,000 shares of stock - reportedly priced at €78,000 (£65,000; $83,600) - in Borussia Dortmund. He would have profited from falling share prices after the attack.

The suspect placed the bet on 11 April using an IP address traced to the hotel, after taking out a loan for the money.
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