Motive Still Unclear: Driver in Queen's Day Attack Dies

By NRC Handelsblad Staff

The driver in the Queen's Day attack in the Netherlands has died. The man killed five people when he drove his car into a crowd of onlookers in Apeldoorn during a visit to the city by the Dutch royal family.

The 38-year-old man from Huissen who killed five people on Thursday when his car ploughed into a Queen's Day parade in Apeldoorn died early Friday morning.

The man, who has now been identitified as Karst T. from the small town of Huissen near Arnhem, died in a Deventer hospital at 2.58 a.m. on Friday morning. With his death, the criminal investigation against him is officially over.

But many questions still remain. Karst T. has been accused by authorities of having targeted the Dutch royal family when he drove his car through a crowd barrier and a throng of people in Apeldoorn on Thursday.

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He narrowly missed the open-topped bus carrying the royal family and slammed into a nearby monument instead. Five people were killed and 12 were wounded, including the driver.

Police are still investigating what T.'s motivation might have been, and whether others were involved in Thursday's attack. A search of T.'s house revealed no new clues.

T. was described by neighbors as someone who was friendly but kept to himself. According to his landlord, T. had recently been fired from his job as a security guard and could not longer afford the rent. New tenants were supposed to move into his apartment today. T. has no criminal record, and no history of mental illness.

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