The man who drove his car through the crowd watching the royal family’s motorcade on Queen’s Day killing seven people acted deliberately, the policewoman who spoke to him after the incident says in police magazine Blauw.
Sharon Koenders and a colleague got in the car with Karst Tates after his car smashed into some railings close to the bus carrying the queen and other members of the royal family.
‘He did not look good but he was conscious. I could hear him rasping blood while he answered,’ the Telegraaf quoted her as saying. ‘At a certain moment we asked him if it was a deliberate attack and he confirmed that. My colleague and I looked at each other to see if we had each heard him. It was a real attack.’
However, Tates did not actually mention the royal family, the paper says. The attack is widely assumed to have been directed at queen Beatrix.
The official investigation into events in Apeldoorn on April 30 have not yet been completed. Tates died of his injuries the next day.
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