Fort Rotterdam in 2010
Fort Rotterdam, the place of the murders, in 2010
Background information
Ethnicity Madurese
Occupation Soldier
Java, Indonesia

October 22, 1876
Makassar, Dutch East Indies

Cause of death Killed
Attack information
Date October 22, 1876
6:45 a.m.
Location(s) Makassar, Dutch East Indies
Target(s) Soldiers
Killed 6
Injured 9
Weapon(s) Knife

Darmin was a Madurese soldier who killed six people and wounded nine others in Makassar, Dutch East Indies on October 22, 1876, before being killed by other soldiers.[1][2][3]

Darmin, who was born in Java as the son of Madurese parents, had been under arrest at Fort Rotterdam in Makassar and for unknown reasons he was given a knife with a 10cm blade by one of the sentinels. It was reported that he had been deeply in love with a woman, who began to live a debaucherous life during his arrest and departed towards Java without his permission.

On the morning of October 22, at about 6:45 a.m., a European sergeant wanted to inquire if the prisoners were sufficiently provided with water, and when the sergeant opened the door to his cell, Darmin fatally stabbed him in the heart. Thereupon he turned against the other prisoners, slightly wounded a European fusilier, and fatally stabbed a native cannoneer in the abdomen, and then rushed out of the cell and slightly wounded another European fusilier nearby. Afterwards he proceeded through the fort towards the barracks for the native soldiers and on his way wounded the wife of a soldier at the arm.

Arriving at the barracks Darmin grabbed a rifle with attached bayonet, fatally stabbed two native soldiers, and wounded five other fusiliers, four of them seriously, as well as a soldier's wife and a coolie. When two European subalterns, who had seen Darmin running towards the barracks, arrived at the scene to stop him, he charged one of them and stabbed him in the stomach. He was then shot down and died shortly thereafter.

Besides Darmin four people died on the spot, while eleven others were wounded and brought to hospital. Four of the wounded received life threatening injuries, and apparently two of them later died.[4][5] The sentinel who had handed him the knife fled after the murders, but was arrested the same evening, and committed suicide in his cell the next morning by hanging himself.[6][7][8]

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