Indonesian police, who announced they had killed a major terrorist mastermind at the weekend, now say he is still at large and they got the wrong man.
After an 18-hour siege at a remote farmhouse, they were confident that kingpin Noordin Mohammed Top, was dead. Now they say the man in the body bag was an accomplice in last month’s Jakarta hotel bombings called Ibrohim and not Noordin Top, who is suspected of slipping away from the farm just before police arrived. The police officer in charge of the identification, Eddy Saparwoko, explained that DNA did not match samples from Top’s family, but other comparisons with Ibrohim’s family proved 100 per cent compatible. Nine people died and 53 were wounded in the double suicide attacks on the Ritz Carlton and Marriott hotels in July. Police now believe the man they killed was a terrorist mole at the Ritz. He had been a florist there but disappeared immediately after the attack.