German Authorities probe Islamic extremist link to the bombing of the Borussia Dortmund football team's bus
Apr 12, Berlin: The German police are investigating an Islamic extremist link to the bombing of the Borussia Dortmund football team's bus late Tuesday evening.
According to the German media, a letter was found near the scene cites the Berlin Christmas market attack and military operations in Syria and although it is not yet clear if this letter is genuine, German federal prosecutors, who normally lead investigations related to terrrorism, are taking over the probe.
The attack had happened while Borussia Dortmund were on their way to their home Champions League quarter-final match against Monaco, they heard "three explosive charges detonated", police said. German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung, meanwhile, said the letter, beginning with the phrase "in the name of Allah", mentioned Germany's use of Tornado jets in the coalition forces fighting so-called Islamic State (IS).
Similarly, the IS said that it carried out the attack on a Christmas market in Berlin, but it is possible the perpetrators are deliberately trying to mislead the investigation, Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported, adding that an analysis of the letter by experts is under way.
Another German news agency DPA has also reported there is a second letter circulating online, claiming an anti-fascist group had carried out the attack. The second letter, posted on an anti-fascism online portal, claimed the attack was motivated by the club's alleged tolerance for racists and right-wing fans. The club has clamped down on such fans in the past.
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