Jakarta hotel bomber ”killed”


Police were trying to identify the body suspected to be Noordin on Saturday morning (AFP)

Police were trying to identify the body suspected to be Noordin on Saturday morning (AFP)

BreakingNews Indonesian police have shot dead a man in Central Java suspected to be the fugitive behind two hotel bombings in the capital last month, a police source has said.

Noordin Mohammed Top was thought be in a remote house, targeted by authorities who were searching for those behind the bombing of two of Jakarta’s luxury hotels.

Police were attempting to identify the body early on Saturday morning.

“There was shooting between the special detachment team and the people inside the house,” Nanan Soekarna, the national police spokesman, said, referring to an elite police unit involved in the shooting outside the village of Temanggung.Indonesia’s TV One quoted an officer as saying the man who rented the house in question resembled Noordin.

Noordin is the Malaysian-born head of an Islamist splinter group with connections to Jemaah Islamiyah.

Police on Friday also found five bombs during another raid on a house in Bekasi near the capital Jakarta, a source close to the investigation told Reuters news agency.

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Jakarta hotel bomb suspect ‘killed’

Indonesian police have shot dead a man in Central Java suspected to be the fugitive behind two hotel bombings in the capital last month, the Reuters news agency quoted a police source as saying.

Noordin Mohammed Top was thought be in a remote house, outside the village of Temanggung, targeted by authorities who were searching for those behind the bombing of two of Jakarta’s luxury hotels.

Police said they were attempting to identify the body early on Saturday morning. There has been no independent confirmation of the killing.

Step Vassen, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Jakarta, said: “According to our sources there, [Noordin] is still alive and still holding up in the house.

“There was no shooting in the last three to four hours, but it has just started again.

“It is still very unclear what is going on and there are many conflicting stories.”

Shootout

Nanan Soekarna, the national police spokesman, said an elite police unit were engaged in a shootout with men inside the house.

Indonesia’s TV One quoted an officer as saying the man who rented the house in question resembled Noordin.

Noordin is the Malaysian-born head of an Islamist splinter group with connections to Jemaah Islamiyah.

Police on Friday also found unexploded bombs during another raid on a house in Bekasi near the capital Jakarta, a source close to the investigation told Reuters news agency.

Our correspondent said: “Two bombs have been found, which, according to police sources, were going to be used to bomb the president’s house not far from where they were found.”

The July 17 attacks on the Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels killed nine people and wounded 53 others, including Indonesians and foreigners.

The bombings broke a four-year lull when there had been no major attacks.

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