Independent inquiry into Queen's Day attack

5th May 2009, Comments 0 comments

The mayor of Apeldoorn will commission an independent enquiry into the attack on the royal parade

APELDOORN --  Mayor Fred de Graaf of Apeldoorn, the Dutch town where a royal parade was attacked on Thursday, is commissioning an independent and comprehensive inquiry into the tragic incident.

The mayor said he is considering the appointment of an independent commission, similar to the one which investigated the fireworks explosion in Enschede in 2000, where 23 people were killed and an entire neighbourhood destroyed.

In preparation for the inquiry, three separate bodies are gathering facts: the national co-ordinator for the prevention of terrorism, the national investigative police and the government's Public Order and Safety Inspectorate.

The Queen's Day attack cost the lives of seven people. An unemployed Dutchman drove his Suzuki through the crowd lining the parade and attempted to ram the bus carrying the royal family. Six injured people are still in hospital, three of whom are in a serious condition, while one girl is expected to be discharged soon.

A private gathering will be held in Apeldoorn next Friday in remembrance of the people who were killed. It will be attended by relatives of the victims and it is expected that many members of the royal family, including Queen Beatrix, will be present. Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende and a number of his ministers will also attend the ceremony.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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