The occupation of a train and the Indonesian Consulate in the Netherlands by Moluccan gunmen continued throughout Friday (5 December).
GV Red Cross team by train placing body on stretcher
GV ZOOM IN Doctors and others standing by ambulances
GV PAN Red Cross team carrying stretcher from train
GV ZOOM IN TO SV Indonesian Embassy with blind-folded hostage standing on balcony
SV Plainclothed policeman at window and newsmen on roof of nearby building
SV Hostage on balcony
SV Plainclothes policemen talking behind tree
SV Policemen looking out of window
SV Empty balcony with doors being closed
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Background: The occupation of a train and the Indonesian Consulate in the Netherlands by Moluccan gunmen continued throughout Friday (5 December). At Beilen -- the site of the train hi-jack --the bodies of three men sprawled beside the stationary coaches were allowed to be removed and taken to a hospital morgue for identification.
On board the train were six Moluccan gunmen who were holding 35 hostages. The three Red Cross officials -- including a doctor -- who removed the bodies, took 95 minutes to take them away one at a time on stretchers.
The gunmen, using a field telephone linking the train with police headquarters had demanded that the Red Cross must be dressed in blue shirts and blue trousers. This was probably so that the kidnappers could clearly recognise them approaching the train veiled in fog.
Two of the dead -- the train driver and a passenger-- had been on the railway tracks for more than three days. They were shot shortly after the train was seized on Tuesday morning (2 December).
The third, another passenger was killed on Thursday morning while a South Moluccan mediator of the Dutch Government was on the train handing over a message from the authorities about the kidnappers' demands.
In Amsterdam on Friday, the Moluccan gunmen occupying the Indonesian Consulate freed seven children, but made it clear to the Dutch Government that the lives of the remaining hostages--estimated at about fifteen--were still in peril.
During the day they twice sent a blindfolded youth on to a window balcony of the besieged building, covering him with a gun from behind.
There had been eleven children in the building to begin with, but the five gunmen had started to release them when the Government agreed to one of their demands -- to send two South Moluccan clergymen to the Consulate as mediators. The children were being freed in batches of two and three, and there were hopes that all the children would be out by the morning.
Police said they were not greatly worried about the fate of the children left inside the Consulate, as one gunman had said on the telephone that "soldiers do not fight with children". The latest batch of children left the building during the evening with two South Moluccan leaders, and one was later identified as Mr. Eddie Aponno, the President of the Free South Molucca Youth Movement.
SYNOPSIS: Three Red Cross officials recovered the three bodies sprawled alongside the hi-jacked train in Beilen, Holland on Friday. The Moluccan gunmen holding the train allowed the bodies of the three men to be removed and taken to a hospital morgue for identification. Inside the train, the six Moluccan gunmen were holding thirty-five hostages. The Red Cross officials included a doctor.
The gunmen had demanded that they be dressed in blued shirts and trousers--presumably so that they could be recognised clearly through the fog that shrouded the train. Two of the dead -- the train driver and a passenger -- had lain on the tracks for more than three days. It took ninety-five minutes for them to be removed.
At the Indonesian Consulate in Amsterdam, the other five Moluccan gunmen occupying the building, used a blind-folded hostage as a guarantee of security as they negotiated with the police. During Friday they released seven children who had been held, in groups of two and three.
Eleven children had been in the building to begin with, but the first group had been released after a South Moluccan clergyman had entered the building to mediate.