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Attack on BVB-Bus supposedly out of greed

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Suspect hoped to profit from a stock-market scheme

Borussia Dortmund Bus Explosion Injures One Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images

April 11th 2017 will forever be a dark day in Borussia Dortmund's history. The club, players, coaches and fans were shaken to the core on that particular day. A cowardly attack on the lives of everyone in the BVB-bus was attempted and apart from Marc Bartra's broken hand and an injured policemen thankfully nobody else was (physically) harmed. However the investigation proved that it could have been much worse if the bombs would have detonated just a second earlier.

Now after a lengthy investigation by the German police we finally know the motive of the attack, greed. After two initial letters of confession, one linking the attack to Islamist terrorism the other pointing to far-right extremists, were deemed forgeries the police investigation continued and led them to the arrest of a suspect.

Earlier today the BKA (Bundeskriminalamt) released a statement detailing who the supposed culprit is and what his motives were. The currently detained suspect is Sergej W., a 28-year-old man of dual German-Russian nationality. As of right now it looks like the perpetrator tried to make money off of the attack with a stock market scheme. On the day of the attack he bought 15.000 BVB put-option shares, without getting to much into the details of stock exchanges, in laments terms those put-option shares would have allowed him to make a lot of money if the BVB-stock would have fallen significantly. The suspect basically hoped that one or more players would die in the attack which consequently would have provoked a huge loss for the BVB-stock and benefited him.

The suspect was in the same hotel as the players, Hotel L'Arrivée, and had a room with view on the street where the bus passed so he could detonate the bombs remotely at the right time.

In a statement CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke and President Reinhard Rauball thanked the involved authorities for the swift investigation and hope that the club can now hopefully find closure.