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Indonesian police have killed two suspected Islamic militants and
seized 500 kilograms of explosives after a raid on a house in the Bekasi area
near Jakarta, National Police chief Gen. Bambang Hendarso Danuri said on
In Central Java, antiterror officers also surrounded a home
and exchanged gunfire with militants. Local media reported that one of the men
inside that property was believed to be Southeast Asia’s most wanted
terrorist, Noordin M Top.
Bambang said that at a house in Nusapala, Jati Asih, Bekasi, two suspected militants were
killed and three were arrested during the raid at 3 a.m. on Saturday morning. He said officers seized explosives and
a car bomb that was intended for “a specific target” but gave no more
The residence was a “safe house” for the planning and organization of the July 17 hotel bombings, Bambang said.
The two men killed in the raid were identified as ex-prisoner Air Setyaawan, believed to be connected to the bomb attack on the Australian Embassy in Jakarta in 2004, and Eko Peyang, suspected of being a bomb assembler.
Noordin is suspected in all of
Indonesia’s major terror attacks, including suicide bombings at the
JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels last month and blasts on the
resort island of Bali in 2002. The hotel bombings killed nine and
broke a four-year gap in terror strikes in Indonesia, the world’s most
populous Muslim nation.
Additional reporting by Reuters, AP