In the twin sieges by South Moluccan gunmen in Holland, some of the 105 schoolchildren released last week after being held hostage for four days have been allowed by their parents to return to classes in a neighbouring school.
In the twin sieges by South Moluccan gunmen in Holland, some of the 105 schoolchildren released last week after being held hostage for four days have been allowed by their parents to return to classes in a neighbouring school. their own was still under siege with gunmen continuing to hold four teachers as hostages.
SYNOPSIS: Cautiously, parents of the released children escorted them to the special classes arranged for them in a nearby church school in the village - Bovensmilde, in Northern Holland. The parents had at first refused to allow the children to go back until police promised that security around the school would be tightened against any possible further terrorist acts. The police assured them that extra officers would be assigned, and obviously, the parents weren't disappointed. Presence of the security forces was obvious. Some parents also sought advice as to whether their children were fit enough to return to lessons after the kidnap ordeal. The alternative school was arranged by the government because the children's own school was still in the hands of the gunmen, who continued holding four teachers as hostages after freeing the children last Friday (3 June), when a mysterious illness swept through the building.
The parents were back to collect their children early that afternoon. The classes were arranged on a half-day basis only. Again, security was tight, and the police were a little edgy - ordering cameraman to keep away.
As the siege continued at the nearby school, some of the 52 hostages still being held in the hijacked train were said to be under severe mental streets.