• Short Summary

    Visnews cameras visited Jan 29 the scene at Jathibarang, 100 miles east of the Indonesian capital Djakarta, where anti-government rebels ambushed a train, killed five passengers, a large number of the animals, and wasted tons of food being transported on the train.

  • Description

    Visnews cameras visited Jan 29 the scene at Jathibarang, 100 miles east of the Indonesian capital Djakarta, where anti-government rebels ambushed a train, killed five passengers, a large number of the animals, and wasted tons of food being transported on the train. Wrecked coaches, dead animals, sacks of rice and beans were scattered over a large area. Twelve people were taken to hospital.

    The rebels had sawn away part of the track and when the train derailed they opened fire on the panic-stricken occupants of the packed coaches. Only the prompt arrival of soldiers from a nearby military post stopped the slaughter.

    The damage was considerable. Thirteen wagons were wrecked, the main trunk-line from Djakarta to East-Java blocked for three days, and several tons of scarce food wasted.

    Rebel-organisations such as the fanatic Darul-Islam have harassed the Indonesian Government for many years. In Sumatra the civil war continues, even though government troops are reported to be in control of the situation. By concentrating their hit-and-run attacks on the communication system the rebels make travelling across the Indonesia archipelago a hazardous undertaking, and upset the government's food distribution programme.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2JD623M6NRFT5K54ND8EUXFFV
    Media URN:
    VLVA2JD623M6NRFT5K54ND8EUXFFV
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/02/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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