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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-30-2009, 10:07 AM Thread Starter
 
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Queen's day assault

Today during Queen's day in Holland, somebody drove through a crowd with a car, killing four people, and tried to drive into a bus in which the Queen and others from the Royal family were. If I remember correctly, thirty people were injured.

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Saw it happening when I was watching TV this morning.
It is not sure if he targeted the bus, as he drove straight into the monument.
How sick must someone be to perform such an action.
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Four people died and thirteen people got hurt during the drive.

A truly sad day for all the families, friends and loved ones of the people that got hurt or died today.

Nothing is known yet about why the man drove his car into the crowd, except maybe he tried to hit the Queen?
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Very very bad

What was the driver thinking ??? Too many coffee shop visits maybe?
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Apparently he said something to the police as they cut him out of the wreckage, indicating that it was a deliberate attempt to hit the bus with the queen and the other royals.

You can see in the video and some pictures how close he got to the bus, which rounded that exact corner on the outside, when he hit the monument on the inside track. He only missed because his car was badly damaged from hitting other obstacles and people.

I must say that it didn't really affect the festivities much were I am. For those jemsiters not familiar with Queen's Day, think of the 4th of July but more orange
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Apparently, the neighbours of the guy in the car described him as quiet, polite and somewhat reclusive. He worked as a night time security officer up until recently when he was fired.
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What was the driver thinking ??? Too many coffee shop visits maybe?

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It is not sure if he targeted the bus, as he drove straight into the monument.
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Nothing is known yet about why the man drove his car into the crowd, except maybe he tried to hit the Queen?
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Apparently he said something to the police as they cut him out of the wreckage, indicating that it was a deliberate attempt to hit the bus with the queen and the other royals.
From what I understand, it's been confirmed that it was a deliberate assault.

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It's pretty horrible to see that there are interviews on TV with, for instance, the prime minister and then there are these punks in the background waving at the screen, as if they're saying "Look at me! I'm on TV!".
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From what I understand, it's been confirmed that it was a deliberate assault.
Yes, it has been comfirmed now, but not yet when the comments where made a few hours ago.
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Apparently, the neighbours of the guy in the car described him as quiet, polite and somewhat reclusive. He worked as a night time security officer up until recently when he was fired.
A reclusive night watchman would have only the smallest amount of contact with other people. Who knows what has been brewing in his head the last few years?

All good thoughts to the families and friends of those killed and injured in this senseless and unnecessary tragedy.
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Was this in Den Haag? My thoughts and prayers are with the Dutch people.

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A reclusive night watchman would have only the smallest amount of contact with other people. Who knows what has been brewing in his head the last few years?
There has been some speculation that he wasn't acting alone. Or that other people used this guy as a cover up. But I'd be surprised if that was the case.

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All good thoughts to the families and friends of those killed and injured in this senseless and unnecessary tragedy.
Indeed: senseless and unnecessary.

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Was this in Den Haag? My thoughts and prayers are with the Dutch people.

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No. It was in the city of Apeldoorn. Which is where I live, btw. I'm so glad I decided to stay home today...
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Ah, I've been to Apeldoorn. Thanks. Glad you're okay.
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