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Noordin Top confirmed dead

Thursday 17 Sep 2009 9:01p.m.

Noordin Top confirmed dead
Indonesian police have confirmed that Noordin Mohammed Top, one of the alleged masterminds of the 2002 Bali bombings and July's hotel attacks in Jakarta, has been killed.

Bambang Hendarso Danuri said Thursday a body found after a raid in central Indonesia matched the fingerprints of the country's most wanted man.

Noordin, who has been on the run for nine years, has been blamed for a series of deadly terrorist attacks in Indonesia since 2003, including hotel bombings in the capital Jakarta in July.
Top's involvement is suspected in the 2003 JW Marriott hotel bombing in Jakarta, the 2004 bombing of the Australian embassy in Jakarta, the 2005 Bali bombings in addition to the Bali attack of 2002 and the 2009 hotel bombings.

Police hunting for suspects in July's bombings earlier today raided a hide-out in central Indonesia, sparking gunfire and an explosion that left four suspected militants dead. Three alleged terrorists also were captured.

Police tracked the seven suspects to the town of Solo in Central Java and besieged a village house on the outskirts overnight. The raid ended near daybreak when an explosion was detonated inside the home, the spokesman said.

The operation left behind a charred house with no roof and blown-out walls. The bodies were flown to Jakarta for autopsies.

Large quantities of explosives, weapons, grenades and bombs were recovered from the scene as ambulances shuttled away the dead and injured.

AP / 3 News
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