German police have revealed that the attacker behind the bombing of Borussia Dortmund’s team bus two weeks ago was not a terrorist, but rather a scammer. The 28-year-old Russian reportedly took out a 10,000-euro loan and used the money to bet on Borussia Dortmund’s stock falling. He then took matters into his own hands and bombed the bus in an effort to manipulate the market, disguising himself as an Islamic terrorist in an effort to win millions. He used three explosives packed with shrapnel and waited as the bus followed the expected route to their home stadium for their April 11 match against AS Monaco.
The bomber, only identified by German prosecutors as Sergej, was arrested on Friday after a week-long manhut. He was found near the city of Tuebingen in Baden-Wurttemberg state. No evidence was found indicating he had accomplices in the plot. He currently faces charges of attempted murder and causing serious bodily harm. Police identified him as a target once they noticed “suspicious options purchases” made by the man on the same day as the April 11 attack. He was also found to have a hotel room booked for the week of April 16 in the area of Dortmund’s home stadium, presumably in case his first attempt was unsuccessful.
Frauke Koehler, spokeswoman for the prosecutors involved in the case, said that “a significant share price drop could have been expected if a player had been seriously injured or even killed as a result of the attack.” She then explained that the type of options he purchased meant that “His profit would have increased all the lower the stocks would have dropped. We can’t say right now how high the profit could have been exactly.” Ralf Jager, the minister of the interior, was more blunt in his assessment: “The man appears to have wanted to commit murder out of greed.”