THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Friday, May 27, 1977
Moluccans release first hostage
ASSEN, The Netherlands (2') - Asian
terrorists holding a village school and
a train freed their first hostage yester-
day, a sick child at the school, but dis-
played a hostage with a rope around his
neck a' the train.
A band of six terrorists, who held
about 105 children and six teachers at
the school in nearby Bovensmilde, re-
leased a 7- or 8-year-old girl who com-
plained of feeling ill. Officials said she
was suffering from "internal troubles.'
MADELENE WITJES, wrapped in a
blanket and taken away by ambulance,
was the first hostage freed by the ter-
i orists since the early hours after their
twin attacks Monday morning, when the
Asian militants seized the school and
hijacked an intercity train about 10
At the train, where the hijackers have
'S hostages, they pushed a bound and
nlindfolded man out onto the tracks.
He was dressed in white - the color
of death in the Orient - and had a
noose around his neck. He stood there
for 20 minutes and then was yanked
back aboard the train.
A spokeswoman for the Dutch Minis-
try said the terrorists, who had also
displayed three blindfolded captives
Wednesday night, were clearly trying to
show authorities they were serious about
their threats to kill hostages unless their
demands were met.
in a campaign to force the Dutch to
help them win independence from Indo-
nesia for their island homeland, once a
The extremists have also demanded
a jumbo jet to fly them, their freed
countrymen and at least some hostages
io an undisclosed location.
Dutch Premier Joop den Uyl reat-
THE TERRORISTS have demanded firmed that the government would not
that the Dutch government free 21 South negotiate a deal with the gunmen until
Moluccans jailed for political violence the children were released.
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NEW YORK 6R1} - David
Frost's fourth television inter-
view with former President
Richard Nixon placed third in
overnight ratings from New
York, Chicago -and Los Angeles
in one set of ratings. Another
rater said it was No. 1 in Los
Angeles and No. 2 in New York.
A. C. Nielsen reported the
Wednesday night interview had
a 22 per cent share of the New
York and Los Angeles audi-
ences and 20 per cent in Chi-
_ Arbitron, which issues over-
night figures for New York
and Los Angeles only, said Nix-
on-Frost was the top draw in
the West Coast city with a 24
per cent share, while it was
rated second with a 17 per cent
share in New York, half of
what ABC was drawing.
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