Dortmund bombing suspect 'bet on club's shares falling'

Reporters and cameramen gather near a house in Rottenburg where German police arrested a man suspected of planting explosives targeting the bus of the Borussia Dortmund football team. (Reuters Photo)

BERLIN: In what seems like a plot from a movie, police have arrested a man on suspicion of attacking the bus of the German football team Borussia Dortmund as part of a scheme to profit from a slump in the club’s share price.

The 28-year-old, who has both German and Russian citizenship, was apprehended in the southern city of Tuebingen on Friday, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office said. On the day of the April 11 attack in the team’s home city, he bought 15,000 options on Borussia Dortmund shares, betting they would drop sharply.

Player Marc Bartra was treated in hospital for injuries following three bomb explosions near the team’s bus as it headed to a Champions League match against AS Monaco.

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