Suspect in bombing of German team bus to go on trial Dec. 21

FILE - In this April 11, 2017 file photo, a window of Dortmund's team bus is damaged after an explosion before the Champions League quarterfinal soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco in Dortmund, Germany. A man accused of bombing a German soccer team’s bus seven months ago will go on trial Dec. 21, 2017. Borussia Dortmund player Marc Bartra and a police officer were injured when three explosions hit the bus as it left for the team's stadium for a Champions League game on April 11. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, file)

Martin Meissner

BERLIN (AP) — A man charged in the bombing of a German soccer team's bus seven months ago will go on trial Dec. 21.

Borussia Dortmund defender Marc Bartra and a police officer were injured when three explosions hit the bus as it left for a Champions League game on April 11.

German news agency dpa reported Friday that the Dortmund state court has scheduled 17 sessions for the trial through March.

The 28-year-old suspect faces 28 counts of attempted murder, two counts of bodily harm and setting off an explosion.

Investigators allege he took out a loan to bet Borussia Dortmund's shares would drop in value, then bombed the bus and tried to disguise the attack as Islamic terrorism.

He has been identified as Sergej W. in line with German privacy laws.

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