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Militant believed killed in raid

August 09, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

A leading Southeast Asian terrorism suspect reportedly killed in a gun battle with police at a village hide-out was planning a suicide car bomb attack against Indonesia's president, the national police chief said.

Police said they could not confirm that the body recovered from the house in central Java was that of Noordin Mohammad Top, a Malaysian, until DNA tests are completed.

Noordin is suspected of having masterminded Southeast Asia's worst terrorist attacks, including the 2002 Bali bombings. Some of the attacks had Al Qaeda backing.

National police Chief Bambang Hendarso Danuri said Noordin and other militants had been plotting to bomb the home of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

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