Dortmund defender Marc Bartra testifies at bus attack trial

Dortmund defender Marc Bartra testifies at bus attack trial
Dortmund's Marc Bartra of Spain arrives at the courtroom in Dortmund, Germany, to testify as witness at the trial against a man, charged with the attempted murder of Borussia Dortmund's soccer team by detonating homemade bombs on their bus, Monday, Jan. 29, 2018. Bartra was injured from the detonation. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Dortmund defender Marc Bartra has testified at the trial of a man accused of bombing the soccer team’s bus last year, saying that he was afraid of dying in the attack.

The blasts April 11 shattered a window of the bus and hit Bartra with shrapnel, leaving the team without the Spanish defender for about a month after he had to undergo surgery on a broken bone in his wrist.

The 28-year-old suspect told the Dortmund state court earlier this month that he carried out the attack but didn’t intend to kill or hurt anyone.

Bartra appeared as a witness Monday. He said in a statement read by lawyer Alfons Becker: “I feared for my life. I feared I would never see my family again.”