Indonesian police are claiming that two raids in the west and centre of the country have killed three suspected Islamist terrorists, one of which may be the nation’s most wanted man, Noordin Top. Six other suspects were arrested in the raids.
Top was allegedly killed by gunfire after his hideout in Temanggung was surrounded. A robot was used to place explosives inside the workshop to flush him out, after a night of exchanges of fire. Police are now attempting to confirm the identity of the body. A second series of raids was carried out in Bekasi, where two alleged militants were killed and 500 kilos of bombs were discovered. Bomb disposal experts say the devices were ready to be used, and claim the raid foiled an imminent terrorist attack. Top led the Indonesian branch of al-Qaeda, believed to have around 30 core members. Police say the two killed in Bakasi were a bombmaker and a man suspected of involvement in the 2004 attack on the Australian embassy. Noordin Top claimed responsibility for the July 17th attacks on the Ritz Carlton and Marriot hotels in the capital Djakarta which killed nine people and injured 53. The attacks broke a four-year period of peace in the world’s largest Muslim country. 53 1.10