Dortmund, Germany – Up to three explosions targeting the Borussia Dortmund football team which injured one of its star defenders, Marc Bartra, have links to Islamic terrorism and are being investigated as a terrorist attack according to German authorities. German federal prosecutors are focusing on two suspects with ties to Islamic extremism and the ultra-conservative Salafist movement that is gaining traction in Germany. The homes of the suspects were searched and a 25-year-old Iraqi was detained in the town of Wuppertal just outside of Dortmund after finding text messages on his mobile phone purportedly discussing targeting several German authorities and personalities for death as well as “other Crusader countries.” Another person of interest, a 28-year-old German, was also detained in the town of Fröndeberg in connection to the bombing as well. Both suspects have been registered with the German authorities previously as Islamic State sympathizers.
Three copies of a note left at the scene of the attack have been found by German investigators, in which the suspect or suspects demanded the immediate closure of the Ramstein U.S. Air Force base in Germany, currently supporting the Global War on Terror. Along with the demand that the German military recall their Tornado warplanes conducting reconnaissance flights assisting in designating targets for coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. German federal prosecutor spokesperson, Frauke Koehler, explained that investigators were still evaluating the veracity of the note and stated that; “the exact motive for the attack is still unclear,” Koehler also stated that “[A]n Islamic extremist background to the attack appears possible.”
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