Thursday, April 30, 2009

Oh no...

Today is the celebration of Queen's Day in the Netherlands. The Royal family was visiting Apeldoorn. Their open bus was making its way to the Loo palace. Suddenly a black Suzuki Swift breaks his way through the crowd crashing into "De Naald" monument.

It's not clear if this is an accident, an act of terrorism or something else. Fourteen people are wounded, the rumours talk about four deaths. The Royal family was not hurt in any way, but they are shocked. Queen Beatrix has expressed the sympathy of her family to the victims and their families.

The Mayor of Apeldoorn announced that the rest of the activities are cancelled and more cities in our country are following that example. Queen's Day will never be the same...

13.45 - Two deaths are confirmed...
15.45 - Press conference. 4 deaths, 5 seriously injured, 8 minor injuries. it happened on purpose. 1 male suspect, 38 years, native Dutch, in hospital at the moment. no suspicion of terrorism.
20.19 - A fifth death was announced.

May 1, 8.40 - The perpetrator has died from brain injuries tonight before he could explain why he did what he did.


  1. Oh, what a sad fate for a once cool holiday. It too bad people were hurt and some died. Wow, hopefully something good will come from this unfortunate happening. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Wow, what a shock. That certainly came out of the blue.

  3. Oh no ... what a shame!
    Hugs and blessings,

  4. Wishes that everything is okay and that this was merely an accident.

  5. Oh no, that is terrible. So sad.

  6. Horrible, I saw it yesterday on TV. and this guy came out only slightly injured !! Really, I don't know what to say !

  7. So senseless and shocking, dear one.

  8. I am so sorry for the people of Holland, what a tragedy. My condolences to the families and friends of the victims :(

  9. What a sad incident on a day like this :-(

  10. As far as we know at this moment, the attack was directed at the Royal family:

    There is some speculation about right-wing connections:


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