German police arrest suspect in Borussia Dortmund bus attack

"The prosecution has detained a 28-year-old German-Russian citizen Sergey V. today with the help of federal police".

German police have charged a short-seller over the bomb attack on football team Borussia Dortmund earlier this month, saying he hoped to profit from a slump in its share price.

A 28-year-old suspect, identified as Sergej W., bought 15,000 put options in Frankfurt-listed Borussia Dortmund BVB, +2.59% on April 11, the day of the blast, investigators said in a statement Friday.

"The suspect's profit would have grown the more the share of Borussia Dortmund fell", she said.

The Federal Prosecutor's office in Germany says the man is suspected of having acted for financial reasons and had speculated on Dortmund's share value dropping after the attack.

After the three identical notes claiming responsibility for the attack were found at the scene investigators initially considered the possibility that it might have been the work of Islamic extremists.

According to the investigation, the man had bought 78,000 euros ($A111,000) worth of shares in the club online from the team's hotel, where he had been staying since April 9.

It is suspected that Sergei planned to at least seriously injure a player or even kill him, a move that would have led to a severe blow to the company's share price.

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They said W. had also booked a room there and placed three explosives, packed with shrapnel, along the route the bus would take to reach the stadium for their match against Monaco.

Two people required medical treatment after the attack, with Borussia Dortmund centre-back Marc Bartra needing wrist surgery.

Similarly, a purported claim stating a far-right motive sent to German media bore "contradictions and inconsistencies", prosecutors said, adding there was "no indication that it was sent by the perpetrator". A policeman on a motorcycle escorting the bus suffered trauma from the noise of the blast.

Police also confirmed the accused was staying in Hotel L'Arrivee in Dortmund at the same time as the Dortmund team.

An Iraqi man was taken into custody over a suspected militant link, but was cleared of involvement in the attack.

The quarter-final first-leg match, rescheduled for the day after the attack, was won by Monaco amid heightened security.

Club captain Marcel Schmelzer added that the team hoped "to learn about the actual reasons behind the attack", adding: "For everyone on the bus this information would facilitate the process of coping with it".

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