rage tign I -E MICHIGAN DAILY Tuesday, May 24, 1977
Gunnen hold Dutch children
ASEN, The Netherlands (AP) - Two
South Moluccan terrorist squads arm-
ed with submachine guns, were holding
105 children hostage in a country school
and SO persons captive aboard a hijack-
ed train in the northern Netherlands last
night, authorities said.
The attackers, virtually repeating a
similar double terrorist action of 18
months ago, apparently were making a
new bid to force the Dutch government
to help them gain independence from
Indonesia for their Asian island home-
land, once a Dutch colony.
THE TANDEM ATTACKS, launched
almost simultaneously two days before
the Dutch general elections, occurred
about 10 miles from each other in the
farm country outside this small city.
Police said there were believed to be
six South Moluccans in ,one group and
seven in the other.
There were no reports of casualties,
although authorities said shots were
fired at both locations. At the school,
where six teachers were also being
held, the gunmen were allowing food
and drink to be brought in.
The terrorists issued no immediate
demands, but Dutch Justice Minister
Andreas van Agt said he understood
that letters from the gunmen were on
their way to government officials.
IN THE SOUTHERN Dutch town of
Vlaardingen later yesterday, police took
six Moluccans into custody for ques-
tioning after they were seen waiting at
the station as a train approached. Po-
lice said it was suspected than another
hijacking may have been planned there.
The Dutch cabinet scheduled an em-
ergency meeting last night and Premier
Joop den Uyl went on television to con- Police said six raiders seized the ele-
demn what he called "a horrible act mentary school at Bovensmilde, four
of terror." He said the elections would miles south of here, as classes were be-
go on. ginning. The school is near a housing
In raids in December 1975, two South complex where 500 South Moluccan chil-
Moluccan gangs held a train and the dren live, and the gunmen quickly releas-
Indonesian consulate in Amsterdam for ed 15 South Moluccan children, authori-
more than two weeks, demanding that ties said.
the Netherlands intervene with Indonesia .
to obtain independence for the South They said the terrorists opened fire
Moluccan Islands. Four hostages died. tried to tlkhenith them au when tec
THE SOUTH MOLUCCAS, formerly nicians approached the building in an
called the Spice Islands, and the rest of effort to set up a telephone link be-
Indonesia were once the Dutch-held East tween the school and police.,No one was
Indies, an archipelago off Southeast Asia. injured.
The South Moluccas are near Indonesia's
eastern tip. A crowd of anxious parents who
The Dutch have said there is little flocked to the scene tried to rush the
they can do for the South Moluccans be- building shortly after noon but were
cause they have no control over the for- held back by police lines about 400 yards
mer colonies. from the school.
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