Indonesian police in central Java say they have killed the man thought to be the mastermind behind last month’s hotel attacks in Jakarta.
Leading Asian Islamic militant, Noordin Mohammad Top is believed dead after a 12-hour siege at a remote house in rural Temanggung.
The intense police activity has also left two would-be bombers dead in a separate raid in Bekasi near the Indonesian capital Jakarta.
It was in Bekasi that police also say they found up to 500 kilos of bombs. The two suspected militants are thought to have had links with Top’s deadly splinter group of the Jemmaah Islamiyah regional terror network.
Noordin Top is Indonesia’s most wanted man – the bombings on July 17 at the Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels killed nine and wounded 53 others.
Noordin Top is also thought to have planned the 2005 Bali bombing.