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#1 Apprentice

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 11:32 AM

A little over 90 minutes ago, the Dutch royal family escaped from what looks like an assault attempt. This "assault" was live broadcasted on television and several news agencies/department were on scene. Some video's:

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All other festivities that were planned for today have been cancelled . . .

[UPD 13:29 CET]
Offical deathtoll now stands on 2, 12 people are still injured.

[UPD 16:15 CET]
At the press conference it was confirmed that in total 17 people were injured in the attack from which 4 people have died. Another 5 have suffered major injuries and 8 have minor ones. Unconfirmed reports speak of that at least one child was involved but it has but its current condition remains unknown.

The assaulant is a 38 year old (native) Dutch citizen who has been arrested for manslaughter and attempting assault on the royal family.

[UPD 22:15 CET]
Tonight the deathtoll has increased to 5 (one of the 5 severely injured) and the assaillant still remains in critical condition. Several unconfirmed reports are telling that he is already declared braindead and further treatment has been ceased.

At a second pressconference, more information about the assaillant and his possible motives has been given and it was made public that 3 victims are children (ages 16, 15 and 9), yet no information has been given about their conditions.

Futhermore, it is now clear that it has been a deliberate attack on the royal family and that he intended to hit the bus rather then the monument.

[UPD 10:15 CET (the next day)]
This morning it was made known that the during the night, the assaillant succumbed to his injuries and with his death, the deathtoll has risen to 6. The 3 children that I mentioned earlier are falling under the caller 'severely injured', though a current update on their status has not been given.

#2 Webb

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 03:18 PM

O
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so he ran over a load of people?
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#3 Lannister

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 03:26 PM

I'm guessing the family were on the float bus? He kinda missed his target by quite a lot. :/

#4 Webb

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 06:52 PM

how can you miss a bus and crash into a monument?
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Posted 30 April 2009 - 08:34 PM

how can you miss a bus and crash into a monument?

Don't know, but it's 'lucky' he did. Can't imagine the image if he did hit the bus plus what of he had explosives within the car . . . :/

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 06:52 AM

yeah, so its confirmed now?
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#7 Apprentice

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 08:51 AM

yeah, so its confirmed now?

It is, though we may never know from him why he did it. He died last night and with his death, unfortunately also the criminal prosecution will be dead as well . . .

#8 Alex L.

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Posted 02 May 2009 - 06:11 PM

He appers to have been a loner.

6 confirmed casualties, including the perp, who died of his injuries. Lots of critically injured and minor injured. 23 in total, all by lunatic desperate madman in a black susuki swift.

Officials have put a 250-man strong policeforce in place to get to the bottom of it all. But since the perp died, I doubt they will conclude much other than him working alone as an act of desperation. (its known he had no spouse/children and just recently got fired from his job. Its also rumoured he was in large debt due to riskful investments that got worthless by the credit-crisis).

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 08:25 AM

who is the perp?
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Posted 03 May 2009 - 06:11 PM

a dead guy
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