Sunday, August 9, 2009

Terrorist bombs claim 9 lives in Jakarta: Update 5

A suspected terrorist linked to several Indonesian bombings in the past decade was [reportedly] killed in a protracted firefight Saturday in the Central Java town of Temanggung. Another raid by police Saturday averted a planned assassination attempt on Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, authorities said.

Noordin M. Top was [reportedly] killed during a raid by the anti-terrorism unit Detachment 88 that began Friday and lasted 18 hours into Saturday, said a police source and a security analyst with close ties to the police. Official confirmation of Top's identity will come next week after DNA results, said Indonesia's National Police Chief, Bambang Hendarso.

Indonesia's anti-terrorism forces had been hunting Top for the past six years. He is also the main suspect in last month's twin hotel bombings in Jakarta. A statement attributed to Top, 40, a Malaysian-born explosives expert, claimed responsibility for the attacks that targeted Jakarta's JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels. The coordinated bombings killed seven people and the two suspected bombers, and wounded more than 50.

"Sources: Wanted terror suspect Top killed", CNN, 8/9/09.



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