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Old 12 April 2017, 04:47 AM
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Crash Roadside explosives used in attack on German football team Borussia Dortmund

Three explosive devices went off by the side of the bus carrying the German football team Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night, injuring one player.

https://www.theguardian.com/football...osion-team-bus

Police have discovered a letter near the scene of the crime which is said to contain a claim of responsibility for the attack. There is no news yet on who does the claiming.

Also injured is a police officer who was accompanying the bus on a motorbike.
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Old 12 April 2017, 07:28 AM
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The BBC is reporting about possible reasons behind the attack:

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Police say there is no evidence that this is an Islamist terror attack, according to BBC correspondent Damien McGuinness in Berlin.

The explosives were not designed to cause maximum damage in a crowd, as in other attacks - or to target the stadium itself, which is several kilometres away from the site.

"One possibility could be that it was a German right-wing extremist attack," our correspondent says.

"This team, Borussia Dortmund, has been plagued recently with violent, far-right hooliganism. A recent clampdown on far right extremists has led to stadium bans, which then resulted to death threats in February for one manager," he adds.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39575503

Borussia supporters in and around Dortmund offered accomodation for Monaco supporters who wanted to stay for the postponed match today:

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Old 12 April 2017, 09:17 AM
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There are rumors claiming information coming "out of security circles" that the letter claiming responsibility found at the scene has an islamistic background.

Another letter claiming responsibility for a German anti-fashist movement has been posted to indymedia, but is said to be fake (and looks fake to me personally, too).

The police is still "investigating in all directions".
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Old 12 April 2017, 12:52 PM
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The Public Prosecutor General (Genralbundesanwalt) has taken over investigations. In a press release they said:
  • The letter found at the crime scene seems to point to an islamistic background. It demands the withdrawal of German fighter jets from Syria and the closing down of Ramstein US Airbase. It's authenticity is being investigated.
  • Two suspects are in the focus of investigations, one of them has been taken into custody. Both come from an islamistic background.
  • The office of the Prosecutor General doubts the authenticity of the claim for responsibility posted online in the name of left-wing organisations.

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Independent (UK) article
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Old 12 April 2017, 01:41 PM
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A good overview of the information so far:

https://www.theguardian.com/football...link-to-attack
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Old 12 April 2017, 02:06 PM
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Thanks for posting, Don Enrico.

I hope it's possible to come to a clear conclusion as to who's responsible, and to catch the perpetrators.
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Old 13 April 2017, 06:02 AM
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I've read more about the letter found at the scene. It is written in bad German, with mistakes that - to my ear - are nearly to cliché to be true. I've got no idea if IS claims of responsibility are usually written in Arabic or in another language.

Experts agree that it is unusual for IS to leave a letter at the scene at all - usually they claim responsibility via electronic media. Additionally, the letter is lacking any IS symbols.

The authenticity of the letter is still being investigated.

By now, two persons (one German and one Iranian living in Germany, both with ties to the islamistic scene) have been taken into custody, but there are no established links with the attack, yet.

The club Borussia Dortmund has been clamping down on right-wing and neo-nazi supporters lately, who have a rather big following in and around Dortmund. It could be that the attack originated with those groups, trying to take revenge on the club and kill two birds with one stone by blaiming the Muslims for the crime. But that is speculation.
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Old 13 April 2017, 11:04 PM
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One of the suspects - he's Iraqi, not Iranian, my bad - has been formally arrested. Not because any connections to the attack has been proven, but because they found out that he used to be an active IS fighter.

There is still no proof who is behind the attack. Police is investigating "in all directions".
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A third letter - actually an e-mail - has surfaced, this one claiming responsibility for right-wing circles and threatening more violence for the 22nd April. That is the day of a Alternative for Germany party meeting in the region of Dortmund that will see a lot of anti- fascist counter demonstrations.
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Borussia Dortmund blasts: letters claiming responsibility may be fake

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Almost a week after an explosives attack on a bus carrying the German football team Borussia Dortmund, police have said they are continuing to investigate “in all directions” and questioned the authenticity of three separate statements that have claimed the attack for three different political ends.
Apparently all three of the statements look dodgy, with the language mentioned by Don Enrico helping to cast suspicion on the one that was actually left close to the bombs.
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Old 21 April 2017, 06:06 AM
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Police Man arrested over Dortmund bus attack

German police have arrested a 28-year-old man in connection with last week's attack on football club Borussia Dortmund's team bus, according to federal prosecutors.

(First English language site to carry the news seems to be The Australian)

According to prosecutors (German link), the man, who has German and Russian nationality, booked a room in the "L'Arrivée" Hotel for both dates of the BVB Dormund vs. AS Monaco matches in March, when the locations of the matches were still to be decided. Arriving two days before the attack, he insisted on a room with a street view.

On the day of the attack, he bought 15.000 put-options on BVB stock options, speculating on falling prices. He used the hotel's IP adress for the online buy. The price of the stock options would have fallen if important players would have been severly injured or killed.

The man has been arrested by federal police in southern Germany in the region of Tübingen earlier today.

From what we know now, it looks like a criminal background without any political implications (apart from the red herring pointing in the direction of an islamist attack).

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Old 21 April 2017, 06:15 AM
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I'm not sure if I'm reading that right: he bought stock options, anticipating that the price would fall? Or did he short-sell?
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Old 21 April 2017, 09:33 AM
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I'm not versed in stock market lingua, so I don't know the correct terms (not even in German, even less in English).

According to the German prosecutors press release, he bough rights ("put-options") that allowed him to sell stock options for a fixed price at some point in the future, anticipating that the stock market price would fall and he would be able to buy at a lower price in order to sell with a profit.

Is that what you call short-selling?
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More information from Guardian:

https://www.theguardian.com/football...e-dealing-plot
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Is that what you call short-selling?
They aren't exactly the same, but both put options and short-selling are based on the investor making a profit from a falling stock price.
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I'm glad they've succeeded in finding what seems to be the right person to blame. Sounds like a really nasty character.
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Well, that's a new one!

(eta) Don Enrico's article also has a good summary of the difference between short selling, and a put option, for those of us who don't know these things off-hand:

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Anyone wanting to make money from a fall in share prices has two obvious strategies: short selling or buying a put option. Short sellers sell a share they have borrowed with the hope of buying it back at a cheaper price when the shares have fallen in value. Buyers of put options are striking a deal to be able to sell a share at a predetermined price.

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