Monday, August 10, 2009

Indonesia Awaits DNA test to confirm Noordin Top's death

View the original source: Al Jazeera, 9 August 2009

Indonesian police said Sunday it could take two weeks to confirm the death of Asian terror mastermind Noordin Mohammed Top, who was reported killed in a dramatic standoff with police special forces. Jakarta police sources told Al-Jazeera that DNA tests are likely to confirm that the dead man is not Noordin Mohammad Top.

The man was killed Saturday morning in a hail of gunfire and explosions from US-trained counter-terrorism forces who had surrounded his suspected hideout in remote Beji village, Central Java, according to local media.

The 17-hour siege of the farmhouse was the culmination of a series of raids and arrests of his accomplices which uncovered a plot to attack President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's home outside Jakarta, police said.
National police spokesman Nanan Soekarna said it could take two weeks to confirm whether Noordin was killed.

Noordin, 40, a Malaysian extremist, has been blamed for multiple terror attacks against "iconic" Western targets in Indonesia which have killed around 50 people and injured hundreds since 2003.


Doubts raised in Indonesia over militant's death – Gulf News

Indonesian Police Sources: Body Not Noordin – Jakarta Globe

Noordin DNA tests could take 2 weeks: police – ABC News