The shell-shocked Borussia Dortmund players arrived at the club’s training ground on Wednesday morning after their Champions League quarter-final with Monaco was postponed following three explosions near their team bus.
Three explosions around the team bus left defender Marc Bartra in hospital, where he required an operation for a broken bone in his right wrist.
The incidents occurred as the squad left their hotel en route to the Signal Iduna Park stadium for the first leg of the quarter-final tie on Tuesday, which was swiftly postponed and rescheduled for 5.45pm the following day.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looks in a sombre mood as he arrives at Borussia Dortmund’s training ground on Wednesday Aubameyang arrives in his black Lamborghini Aventador on Wednesday, a day after the Dortmund team bus was attacked The striker was greeted by security personnel at the gates of the training ground as he prepares for delayed European fixture The 27-year-old Gabon international enters the German club’s base where they are expected to take part in a light session
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was among the players who travelled to their Brackel training base, arriving in his black Lamborghini Aventador just hours after three bombs exploded near the team hotel.
The striker was greeted by security personnel at the gates of the training ground as he prepares for the delayed European fixture.
Marcel Schmelzer and Nuri Sahin arrived in the same vehicle while Erik Durm, the Germany defender, was another player to look in a sombre mood.
There was a strong police presence outside and around the Dortmund Brackel Training Ground, with the players expected to take part in a light session to prepare for their crunch fixture.
Borussia Dortmund players Marcel Schmelzer (left) and Nuri Sahin (right) arrive in the same car ahead of their clash Erik Durm, the Germany defender, was another player to look in a sombre mood following the three explosions on Tuesday Durm prepares to enter the training centre ahead of the match, which was rescheduled for 5.45pm on Wednesday in Germany
A group of female supporters showed their support by holding up a ‘You’ll never walk alone’ banner at the entrance of the base, less than a day after the attack stunned the world of football.
Dortmund’s team bus was the victim of what was believed to be a targeted bomb attack on Tuesday night before the Champions League clash with Monaco.
The local police force – Polizei Nordrhein-Westfalen Dortmund – held a joint late-night press conference along with the football club and the Dortmund public prosecutor.
Police chief Gregor Lange said, in quotes reported by Bild: ‘This evening at 19:15 there were three explosions in the surroundings of the BVB hotel.
‘We must start from (the position this was) a targeted attack on BVB’s team. Strong police forces are in operation.
‘We also have explosive detection dogs in use and decided to search the scene from the air. At the present time it is not clear what the background of the act is.’
A group of female fans show their support by holding up a ‘You’ll never walk alone’ banner at the entrance of the base Policemen stand in front of the main entrance of the Dortmund training ground in Brackel ahead of a training session There was a strong police presence outside Dortmund’s training ground following three explosions near their team bus
Dortmund police also revealed a letter had been found, claiming responsibility for the incidents.
‘The prosecutor’s office in Dortmund confirms the discovery of a letter near the scene of the crime. The authenticity is currently being tested,’ the police force posted on Twitter.
The police earlier said in a statement that the explosives ‘may have been hidden in a hedge near a parking lot’.
Goalkeeper Roman Burki was sitting at the back of the team bus alongside Bartra, and told Swiss newspaper website blick.ch how events unfolded.
Police cars park outside the main entrance as Dortmund’s players arrive one by one in their cars in Brackel A number of police cars arrived at the centre early on Wednesday morning to ensure things run smoothly ahead of the game A lone German police officer parades the Dortmund training ground just hours after bombs exploded near the team hotel
Burki said: ‘We left the hotel at 7:15pm and went down the street. The bus turned down the main street, and there was a giant explosion.
‘I was sitting in the back row next to Marc Bartra, who was hit by fragments of the broken glass.
‘After the bang, we all ducked in the bus and those who could threw themselves to the ground. We did not know had happened.
‘The police were quick on the scene, and we were safe. We’re all shocked – nobody thought of a football match in this moment.’
The Borussia Dortmund team bus was hit by three explosions on Tuesday night while carrying the squad to their Champions League quarter-final against Monaco, with one player taken to hospital Terrified stars dived for cover as three blasts sent shards of glass flying through their coach while defender Marc Bartra broke a bone in his right wrist and later needed surgery to remove ‘foreign objects’ from his body Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel is seen by the team bus after an explosion near their hotel before the game