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Explosives found and defused in Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park

Friday, April 1, 2011

German police have found and defused explosive devices in a car park outside the Signal Iduna Park Stadium used by the Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund.

The Signal Iduna Park Stadium in Dortmund
The Signal Iduna Park Stadium in Dortmund

A 25-year-old German man had buried explosives and weapons, including three bombs, in the immediate vicinity of the stadium, according to the BKA Federal Office of Criminal Investigation in Wiesbaden.

The BKA launched an investigation in February after an anonymous email tip was sent to the German embassy in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, offering to provide information about two attacks being planned.

The person who sent the anonymous tip then became a suspect related to a possible extortion attempt.

He was detained in a hotel in Cologne on Tuesday and told authorities about the explosive devices near the stadium and in his flat.

During a search of the man's flat, three suspicious objects and extensive written material on making chemical explosives were also discovered.

The man was reportedly intending to blackmail local businesses and had no connection to terrorist groups. He had previously been detained in 2010 as a suspect in an unresolved extortion attempt against a German company in 2010.

Dortmund are scheduled to host Hannover 96 on Saturday and they will go ahead with that match as official moved to ease any safety concerns.

Michael Stein, a spokesman for the Dortmund police department, said: "We expect no security threat at all for the upcoming Bundesliga match on Saturday.

"The visitors are invited to come to Dortmund. They will be safe here."

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