The man who tried to ram his car into the bus of the Dutch royals during a parade has died in hospital after killing six bystanders and leaving eight seriously injured.
The 38-year-old Dutchman, who deliberately raced his car towards an open bus carrying Queen Beatrix and her family at a parade on Thursday has died from his wounds, according to Dutch TV reports.
The driver broke through barriers with a small black car at high speed, hitting 17 people, killing four men and two women. A number of survivors, including two children, were left seriously injured.
He missed the royal bus by four or five metres before slamming at high speed into a stone monument in central Apeldoorn, southeast of the capital Amsterdam.
Fire-fighters removed the attacker from the wreckage of the car. Police said the man had confessed to attempting to ram the open-top bus carrying the 71-year-old queen as well as Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and his wife Maxima.
"There are no indications of terrorist links," public prosecutor Ludo Goossens said, nor were there any signs of explosives or a broader conspiracy.
Investigators searched the man's house to try and establish a motive. They said he had no record of mental illness or previous crimes.
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Queen Beatrix expressed her "deepest sympathy" for the dead and injured. She cancelled a ceremonial march-past scheduled in memory of her mother, Queen Juliana, who died five years ago.
Prime Minister Jan-Peter Balkenende said it was "a sad day for the Netherlands."
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