Friday, May 1, 2009

Driver dies after attempted attack on Dutch royal family

  • Incident happened during the Netherlands annual Queen's Day celebration
  • Car hit crowd near open-top bus carrying Queen Beatrix of Netherlands
  • Police: No other clues that could lead to the involvement of other people
  • Police: There was no one other than the driver in the car at the time

  • ( - Update Fri 5/1/2009 @ 10:14 EDT: Death toll has risen to 7 after a 55-year old Dutch Military Police officer died of his injuries Friday afternoon. In total 9 people are still hospitalized. One female is listed as critical, one male and one other female are also listed critical, but stable.

    (CNN) -- The man suspected of trying to attack the Dutch royal family by crashing his car near their bus has died, Dutch police said Friday.

    The man, whose name was not released, had been seriously injured in the crash Thursday in the town of Apeldoorn, about 45 miles east of Amsterdam, police said. He died early Friday, police said. He had been charged with trying to attack the royal family, authorities said.

    Police searched the man's house but found no weapons, explosives, "or any other clues that could lead to the involvement of other people," police said.

    Five people, as well as the driver, were killed and 12 were wounded in the incident, which happened during the country's annual Queen's Day celebration, police said.

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