Incident Summary:

05/01/2009: On Friday, in Apeldorn, Gelderland, Netherlands, seven people were killed, including the driver and 12 people were injured when a man aimed his car into a crowd of civilians attending a festival for the royal family, damaging one vehicle. The target of the attack was a bus carrying the Queen and her family, but the car was stopped 15 yards from the bus. The 38 year old male driver was identified as Karst Tates, and is said to have acted alone and his motive for the attack was unknown.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack took place in Apeldoorn.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity
Specific Description The Dutch royal family
Nationality of Target Netherlands
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Vehicle (not to include vehicle-borne explosives, i.e., car or truck bombs)
Weapon Details
A vehicle was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 7 Fatalities / 12 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 7
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 12
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Marlise Simons, "Driver Dies After Aiming Car at Dutch Royals," New York Times, May 01, 2009,
Catherine Hornby, "Dutch Parade Attacker and Policeman Die," Reuters:, May 01, 2009,