South Moluccan gunmen freed three sick children from the besieged school in Bovensmilde in Holland on Thursday (26 May) before finally releasing more than a hundred others as infection swept through the building.
South Moluccan gunmen freed three sick children from the besieged school in Bovensmilde in Holland on Thursday (26 May) before finally releasing more than a hundred others as infection swept through the building. In the twin train siege twelve miles (20 kilometres) away, hostages were forced to walk in full view of surrounding troop with their hands tied and nooses around their necks.
The South Maluccons were seeking government intervention in their claim for independence from Indonesia, a former Dutch colony.
SYNOPSIS: An ambulance was allowed to go in the school after the headmaster had phoned officials dealing with the sieges, and said a girl was ill. He was asked to report her temperature and pulse, and doctors told him she must be taken to hospital. The guerrillas agreed to free her - the first break in the drama since it began four days earlier. The final release of all the children came later that night, as they all fell ill.
Seven-year-old Madeleine Witjes was the first to be freed - carried out on a stretcher and put into an ambulance. She was taken to the emergency Red Cross centre for treatment of what officials describe as "an internal disorder".
Later in the day, the gunmen freed two other children as troops and police consolidated their positions around the school.
In the train drama, hostages were displayed for the second day running. But Justice Minister Andreas Van Agt, the government chief negotiator, made it clear the Government would not be intimidated by such tactics.
He said negotiations with the two guerrilla groups were tough, and could be protected. The South Moluccans were demanding the release of fellow gunmen jailed for earlier terrorist activities.
Another attempt to supply food to the train failed on Wednesday. Supplies were last delivered the day before, and officials say enough was taken then to feed those on board.