Queen’s Day attacker ‘looked no further’

The man who drove his black Suzuki car into the crowd watching the royal family during the Queen’s Day celebrations on April 30 had no plans for the future, the NRC reports on Thursday.

The paper says Karst Tate, who was killed after this car slammed into railings, was due to be evicted from his home on May 1 and had done nothing about finding somewhere else to live. Nor had he removed his possessions from the house in Huissen.
The paper bases its claims on police sources who were involved in the investigation into the attack, which left eight people dead. That report has now been completed, the paper says.
Tates, 38, drove his car through the crowd watching an open-topped bus carrying the queen, crown-prince Willem Alexander and princess Máxima and others and swerved into railings surrounding an obelisk.
The same day, the public prosecution department described the incident as a ‘deliberate attack’ on the royal family, based on a short conversation Tates had with police officers in the immediate aftermath. But it is not clear if Tates actually mentioned the royals by name or if he had actually targeted the bus.
The paper says no other motives for the attack have been found. Tates had no computer and few friends. The only things found in his car were a flag and pair of binoculars. Officials are also convinced Tates operated alone.

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