"Axe attack revenge for troops"
11 September 2007, ROOSENDAAL – The 41-year-old American suspected of killing a 22-year-old student with an axe at the Roosendaal train station on Saturday had planned to attack a Dutch commando from the nearby barracks.
11 September 2007
ROOSENDAAL – The 41-year-old American suspected of killing a 22-year-old student with an axe at the Roosendaal train station on Saturday had planned to attack a Dutch commando from the nearby barracks.
He wanted revenge for the Dutch participation in the war in Iraq, he has told police according to reports from BN/De Stem.
Lawyer Peter Dirven of the law firm representing the suspect confirmed on Tuesday morning the tenor of the first confession and statement.
The newspaper reports that the suspect worked for the US air force in the past. The man's family says he never served in Iraq, has not suffered any trauma, and had resigned from the force himself.
The man claims to have worked out a detailed plan to attack the commandos. He arrived in the Netherlands last Thursday and spent the night in a hotel. Police have searched his hotel room and confiscated several books.
On Friday the suspect spent the night in the forest near the commando barracks. When he was unable to commit an attack there he changed his plan and decided to attack a government worker.
The 22-year-old Bergen op Zoom man was most likely his arbitrarily chosen target on Saturday evening. The suspect was arrested at the station.
The public prosecution department in Breda did not want to comment on the suspect's statements until he has been arraigned some time on Tuesday.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news