Police in Germany have arrested a man behind the Dortmund bus bombing.
Prosecutors claim the the intention to kill Borussia Dortmund team players in a diabolical plan to get rich on the stock markets as the club’s value tumbled.
Shortly before 6.00am Friday morning Russian Sergei W. aged 28 was arrested.
German police have arrested a German-Russian citizen in connection with the bombing on the Borissia Dortmund team bus believing the man, Sergei W. wanted the club’s shares to drop
The bus was hit by three pipe bombs which had been placed in a hedge and designed to go off as the vehicle, which was not armoured, drove past on its way to the stadium
The suspect lives in the German state of Baden-Württemberg according to officials
He lives in the southern German state of Baden-Württemberg. He was seized shortly before arriving at his place of work in Tubingen.
Raids linked to his arrest were carried out on three other locations by elite anti-terror GSG-9 police units.
Sophisticated pipe bombs exploded as the bus carrying Dortmund team players to a Champions League game against Monaco on April 11.
Player Mark Batra was seriously injured in his hand and a police motorcycle outrider was wounded as the bombs detonated as the bus left the L’Arrive team hotel to head to the stadium.
Now it has emerged that hotel staff saw the suspect calmly enter the restaurant there and order a steak while the rest of the guests fled in panic after the detonations.
He was a guest in the hotel and made himself suspect to staff when he checked in by asking for a room that had a window overlooking the street.
After rejecting one room he chose another on the top floor. From there he had a direct view of the scene of the attack and, police believe, could detonate the explosives behind a hedge by remote control.
Bild newspaper reported that the suspect has bought online a share package of 15,000 shares for €78,000 euros while he was in the hotel.
Staff of the ‘Comdirect Bank’ had the suspicion he was money laundering and alerted police.
According to Bild, deaths and serious injuries among players would have resulted in significant falls in the BVB stock.
The perpetrator could have clinched a windfall of €3.9 million, according to the Federal Criminal Police Office.
He checked into the hotel twice -once between Match 7 and March 9 to scout out the best location for the bombs, and again between April 9 to the 13th and from the 16th to the 20th because it was not clear the exact date of the Monaco match.
Investigators believe Sergei W. was a professional bomb builder and discovered he had won a prize in electronics.
The hunt is on for two accomplices.
According to prosecutors the three pipe bombs were lodged over a length of 12 metres in a hedge.
The front and rear bombs were placed near the ground while the second was approximately one metre from the ground.
The bombs were packed with metal pins approximately 70mm long, 6mm in diameter and weighing an average of 15 grams.
One pin was found 200 metres from the explosion site.
The bus was travelling at 23km/h at the time of the blast and suffered several broken windows.
One of the metal pins was lodged in the headrest of the bus.
Prosecutors confirmed the bus was not armoured and was only fitted with safety glass.
Officials said they still do not know the type of explosive use.
Prosecutors claimed the attacker tried to blame the bombing on ‘radical Islamic terrorists’ by leaving extremist texts at the scene. However, these were examined and found to be fake.