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Borussia Dortmund player injured after bomb explodes near team bus

Bartra taken to hospital with 'superficial' injuries
Bartra taken to hospital with 'superficial' injuries

Three explosions have hit a bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund football team to a home Champions League match, with one of their players taken to hospital following the shocking incidents.

The German club said one person was injured, with Dortmund player Marc Bartra taken to hospital following the incident, with their Champions League quarter-final against Monaco postponed until Wednesday evening.

Bartra's is reported to have broken a bone in his hand and will require a minor operation to repair the damage, but he is expected to make a full recovery. 

In an initial announcement, Dortmund said: "At the departure of our bus, an incident occurred. One person was injured. More information to follow."

The local police force - Polizei Nordrhein-Westfalen Dortmund - stated on Twitter: "In the area of #Dortmund #Hochsten, an #Explosion has taken place. We have strong forces on the ground. The situation is still unclear."

The incident is believed to have taken place around three kilometres from Dortmund's stadium.

The clubs were preparing for the first leg of their quarter-final tie.

Dortmund said there was "no cause for concern" for those at the stadium, and said the club were in close contact with the emergency services and UEFA, European football's governing body.

Police Dortmund said in a statement: "In the run-up to the Champions League game between BVB (Dortmund) and AS Monaco, there was just after 1900 tonight an explosion close to the BVB team bus."