Dortmund bus explosion: Police investigate Islamist connection

Authorities are investigating an Islamist background to the attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus on Tuesday. A letter claiming responsibility reportedly begins with the words “In the name of Allah the merciful,” Deutsche Welle reports.

Three explosions went off near Borussia Dortmund’s team bus as it set off for the Champions League quarterfinal match against AS Monaco on Tuesday, authorities said. According to local media reports, the case has been handed over to federal prosecutors, which usually means an incident is considered terrorism or a similarly serious crime.

Further reports indicated that a note found near the explosives began “in the name of Allah, the merciful,” and that investigators were looking into possible Islamist connections.

German news agency dpa reported seeing the letter addressed to German Chancellor Angela Merkel directly. “You obviously aren’t bothered about your dirty little subjects,” the note allegedly read. “Your Tornados continue to fly over the ground of the Caliphate to murder Muslims.”

“The letter’s authenticity is being verified,” prosecutor Sandra Lücke told journalists.

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