8 Aug 2009

Jakarta bomb suspect believed to have been killed

8:19 pm on 8 August 2009

South-East Asia's most wanted terror suspect Noordin Mohammed Top is believed to have been killed during a raid on a militant hide-out in Indonesia on Saturday.

Heavily armed police stormed the hide-out in central Java to end a 16-hour siege that reportedly killed Noordin, who is wanted for multiple suicide bombings, and two others.

He is believed to be behind the attacks on two Jakarta hotels last month that killed nine people including New Zealander Tim Mackay.

Local media have reported that Noordin was killed, but there has been no confirmation from the police.

Police said the anti-terror operation in the Temanggung district followed the arrest on Friday of several suspected militants loyal to Noordin.

The attacks on the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton on 17 July killed nine people, including Mr Mackay, and three Australians.

Noordin Mohammed Top was a member of the Jemaah Islamiah regional terror movement responsible for the 2002 Bali bombings which killed 202 people, including three New Zealanders. He formed his own militant group a year later.

He is also wanted over suicide bombings on the JW Marriott in Jakarta in 2003, the Australian embassy in 2004 and tourist restaurants in Bali in 2005.