“He commanded an Islamic State unit” — German prosecutors seek arrest warrant for Dortmund suspect over ‘Islamic State’ ties — But no ties to Dortmund team bus attack found yet…

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The main suspect in the attack on the Dortmund soccer team’s bus was a member of “Islamic State” in Iraq, authorities have said. Prosecutors added there was no evidence linking him to the explosions targeting the bus.

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German federal prosecutors announced on Thursday that the main suspect detained over an attack targeting the Borussia Dortmund football team was a member of “Islamic State” (IS) in Iraq. However, they were unable to find any evidence linking him to the triple blast that shook Germany on Tuesday evening.

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“The investigations have so far resulted in no proof that the suspect had taken part in the attack,” the authorities said in statement, adding that he was a member of a “foreign terrorist organization,” and that an arrest warrant was being sought on that ground. He allegedly led a unit of 10 commandos who carried out kidnappings and executions.

Team bus of the Borussia Dortmund football club damaged in an explosion
Team bus of the Borussia Dortmund football club damaged in an explosion CREDIT: MAJA HITIJ/GETTY IMAGES

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Read: Humanity prevails as football fans stand together in Dortmund

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The suspect, identified only as Abdul Beset A. due to German privacy laws, was set to appear in court later on Thursday. The judge must then decide whether or not to issue the warrant. Without it, prosecutors cannot hold him for longer than 24 hours.

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© AFP | The explosion damaged windows on Borussia Dortmund’s team bus as it was en route to their Westfalenstadion stadium on April 11

 

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Islamist claim of responsibility for attack

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On Tuesday evening, the bus carrying the Dortmund team to a Champions League match with AS Monaco was targeted by three explosions left on the road near the vehicle’s path. Spanish defender Marc Bartra was injured by flying shards of glass and required surgery, but no one was killed in the attack.

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Borussia Dortmund Teambus nach Explosionen (picture-alliance/AP Images/M. Meissner)

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DORTMUND BUS EXPLOSION: WHAT WE KNOW

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Triple blast

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Three explosions occured near Borussia Dortmund’s team bus on the way to their stadium for a Champions League match against AS Monaco. Police have said that the explosives were placed on the street, in a location where the bus would have been forced to slow down. Some media reports have said that the bombs were made from homemade materials.

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Authorities discovered two letters claiming responsibility for the attack. One, which was attributed to the far-left movement Antifa, was likely a fake, a spokeswoman for Germany’s federal prosecutor said. The other, which said the attack was carried out “in the name of Allah, the merciful,” and blamed Chancellor Angela Merkel for “murdering Muslims,” in Syria, was being investigated by authorities.

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A second suspect was also detained on Wednesday, but police later released him based on lack of evidence.

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Dortmund went on to lose the rescheduled game to Monaco on Wednesday night, prompting angry coach Thomas Tuchel to blast Champions League organizer UEFA for not giving the team “a bit of time to deal with” the attempt on their lives. He said they had been treated “as if a beer can was thrown at the bus.”
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Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel on the UEFA decision to hold match one day after the attack

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es/rt (AP, dpa)

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‘Isil commander’ detained in Germany in wake of Dortmund attack
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/13/borussia-dortmund-blastsgerman-prosecutors-say-no-evidence-sole/

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One Response to ““He commanded an Islamic State unit” — German prosecutors seek arrest warrant for Dortmund suspect over ‘Islamic State’ ties — But no ties to Dortmund team bus attack found yet…”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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