Reuters

The suspect in the bombing of Borussia Dortmund’s team bus has admitted to carrying out the attack, but says he did not intend to kill or injure anyone.

The 28-year-old, identified only as Sergej W, is accused of detonating three homemade bombs targeting the bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund team on April 11, 2017.

Dortmund defender Marc Bartra and a police officer were injured when three explosions hit the bus as it left a hotel in the city for a Champions League game against Monaco.

The defendant, who gave evidence to a German court on Monday, claimed he had sought to fake the attack, and had designed the explosives so that “that no harm to people could be expected”.

Sergej W also stands accused of aiming to financially gain from the attack, having made a bet that the devastation would lead to the collapse of the club’s share price in the aftermath of the attack.

The accused, whose trial opened last month, faces a life sentence if found guilty of the charges.

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