Saturday, July 18, 2009

Terrorist bombs claim 9 lives in Jakarta: Update 3

JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNN) -- Authorities investigating the twin hotel bombings in Jakarta have found the remains of another person and believe a notorious Malaysian-born militant fugitive may be behind the assault, police said Saturday.

The Friday bombings of the luxury JW Marriott and Ritz Carlton hotels killed at least nine people -- including at least two presumed suicide bombers -- and wounded more than 50 others.

Anti-terrorism officials are investigating the links between the attacks and Noordin M. Top, the suspected leader of a small Jemaah Islamiyah splinter group. JI has ties to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda terrorist network, but so far there has been no claim of responsibility for the latest attack.

Top is reportedly an officer, recruiter, bombmaker, and trainer for the JI group that was involved in a previous attack on the Marriott -- in August 2003 -- as well as attacks on a Bali nightclub in 2003 and the Australian Embassy in Jakarta in 2004, according to the FBI.

"We cannot clearly determine at this time if these bombings are linked to Noordin Top's network. We have only established similarities in the explosive cache that were found in the island of Java and the Bali bombings," police said.
  • "NYPD Increase Security at NYC Hotels After Jakarta Bombings", ABC News, 7/18/09.
  • "Malaysian fugitive suspected in hotel bombs", CNN, 7/18/09.
  • "Fugitive linked to Jakarta blasts, BBC News", 7/18/09.
  • "Profile: Noordin Mohammed Top", BBC News, 7/18/09.
  • "JI's Moneyman and Top Recruiter: A Profile of Noordin Mohammad Top", Jamestown Foundation, 7/25/06.



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