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Dutch School Siege

Thirty-five years ago, gunmen took 105 young children hostage in a school in Holland. The hijackers, from the Moluccan islands, were demanding support for their independence from Indonesia.

Thirty-five years ago, gunmen took 105 young children hostage in a school in Holland.

The hijackers, from the Moluccan islands, wanted Dutch support for their claims for independence from Indonesia.

The siege ended after 20 days when the military stormed the school.

Geert Kruit, a former hostage, was just nine years old at the time.

Photo: Geert Kruit as a young child

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Sat 26 May 2012 02:50GMT

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