Three explosions, last night, hit a bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund football team to their home Champions League quarter-final match against Monaco forcing the clash to be postponed by 24 hours.
In a news conference afterwards, the head of Dortmund police said it was a targeted attack on the team.
Defender Marc Bartra underwent an operation after breaking a bone in his wrist. No other players were hurt.
The state prosecutor said a letter found near the scene was being examined as part of the investigation.
Consequently, the match has been deferred until 18:45 local time (16:45 GMT) on Wednesday.
Pictures from the scene showed the bus’s windows broken and tyres burst in the blasts.
Dortmund police said that “three explosive charges had detonated” at Hoechsten outside the city at about 19:00 local time.
The first indications were that this was an “attack with serious explosives“, they said.
Fans at the 80,000-capacity Signal Iduna Park were told to stay there until it was safe to leave.
The stadium was later evacuated safely and police thanked the fans for their co-operation.
“As many officers as possible” would be deployed for tomorrow’s rescheduled game, they said.
Monaco fans were praised for their chants of support for Dortmund. Social media also carried offers from Dortmund residents to Monaco fans in need of a bed for the night on #bedforawayfans.
Borussia Dortmund said in a statement: “Shortly after the departure of the Borussia Dortmund team bus from the hotel to the stadium there was an incident. The bus has been damaged in two places.”
Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said: “The whole team is in a state of shock, you can’t get pictures like that out of your head.
“I hope the team will be in a position to be able to compete tomorrow on the pitch. In a crisis situation like this, Borussia pulls together.”
One of the Dortmund players, Mathias Ginter, was involved in the Germany-France match that was targeted in the terror attacks in Paris on 13 November, 2015. Another present in Paris, Andre Schurrle, was injured for the Monaco match.
Meanwhile, FC Barcelona, Bartra’s former club, tweeted: “All of our support to @MarcBartra, @BVB and their fans.”
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy also tweeted his support, wishing Bartra a quick recovery.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino said the football organizing body condemned the incident and wished Bartra a “speedy recovery“.
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said he was “deeply disturbed by the explosions“.
“The decision taken to postpone the UEFA Champions League match between Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco was the correct one since we must always prioritise the safety and security of all fans, team officials and players,” he said.
“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the representatives of the two clubs, the local authorities, and the supporters for their cooperation on the ground.”
Dortmund currently lie fourth in the German Bundesliga table.