Bukit Daru amok case
Date September 12, 1877
4 a.m.
Location(s) Bukit Daru, Dutch East Indies
Killed 2
Injured 12-13
Perpetrator Soldier
Weapon(s) Rifle

On September 12, 1877 a Buginese fusilier killed two people and wounded at least twelve others at the benting (fort) Bukit Daru in Aceh, Dutch East Indies. That morning, at around 4 a.m., the man took a klewang and attacked another native soldier in the barracks, seriously wounding him, and when his comrades awoke struck them as well, injuring nine or ten more. He then discarded the sword, grabbed his rifle, and fired five or six rounds, hitting four people, among them first lieutenant Henricus van Ophuijsen and a European corporal of the artillery, who both died. A quarter hour after starting his attack he was subdued and arrested.

According to some reports in the intial confusion some soldiers fired their rifles at the Buginese, hitting several people, so it is not clear if those wounded by gunshots were the victims of the rampaging soldier, or hit by stray bullets. The Buginese apparently was a member of the 8th Batallion, but had been transferred against his wish to the First Garrison's Batallion of Greater Aceh (1e garnizoensbataillon van Groot-Atjeh) which consisted mostly of Javanese, and with whom he couldn't get along.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]


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