Incident Summary:

5/23/1977-6/11/1977: A group of 8-10 South Moluccan gunmen seized control of a train 10 miles north of the town of Bovensmilde in North Holland, Netherlands. This attack was coordinated with another attack on an elementary school (GTD case 197705230005). The South Moluccans demanded that 21 of their compatriots be released from Dutch prisons. On May 25th, 3 of the hostages were released. On May 26th, another hostage was released. On June 5th, two pregnant women were released. June 8th, a hostage was released when he had a minor heart attack. Finally, on June 11th, government forces stormed both locations. During the rescue operation 6 gunmen and two hostages were killed.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
10 miles north of Bovensmilde

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description 55 Passengers
Nationality of Target Netherlands
Target Type: Unknown
Name of Entity Train
Specific Description Train
Nationality of Target Netherlands
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 55
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 20
Outcome Combination
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded 0.00
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources Unknown
Total Ransom Amount Paid Unknown
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources Unknown
Ransom Notes The gunmen demanded the release of 21 South Moluccans jailed in the Netherlands on terrorism charges. They also demanded a plane to transport themselves and the jailed individuals to an unspecified location.
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
No additional information available.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information Linked to case 197705230005. Number of perpetrators ranges from 8-10.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
South Moluccans Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 8
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 8 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 8
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 6
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Moluccans free ill child; terrorists refuse supplied," Associated Press, May 26, 1977.
"Terrorists free another hostage," Associated Press, June 9, 1977.
"Chronology of Seiges in Holland," Associated Press, June 12, 1977.