Thursday, August 13, 2009

Noordin Top still at large

View the original source: Al Arabiya, 12 August 2009

A suspect shot dead in Indonesia last weekend was not Islamist leader Noordin Mohammad Top police announced Wednesday, dashing hopes for a breakthrough in a hunt for the mastermind of a string of attacks while his family publically denounced.

DNA tests showed that a fighter killed in the raid was not the alleged terror financier and recruiter, one of Asia's most-wanted men, but an accomplice who had helped plan the July 17 hotel bombings in Jakarta.

The man killed in the raid was identified as Ibrohim, who worked as a florist in the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Jakarta and is suspected to be the inside man on the suicide bombings at two luxury hotels in Jakarta last month.

Top is believed to have planned last month's attacks on the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels

Top is believed to have planned last month's near-simultaneous suicide attacks on Jakarta's JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels, which killed nine people and wounded 53.

The police were at first confident that Top had been killed during an 18-hour siege at a remote farmhouse in Central Java.

National police spokesman Nanan Soekarna said the authorities believed Top was still in Indonesia and expected him to keep on trying to launch attacks. "The assumption is that he will keep on doing so," he told reporters.