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  Noordin Top Jemaah Islamiah Southeast Asia Malaysian At Large 20051002 Link
    Top, an explosives expert, was alleged to be one of the masterminds of the 2002 Bali bombing which killed 202 people and injured over 200 others. Top is still a fugitive and among the most wanted men in Asia.
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  Noor Din Muhamad Top Jemaah Islamiyah Southeast Asia Malaysian At Large Money Man 20021223  
    allegedly donated an unspecified amount of money to finance the Bali blasts
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Southeast Asia
Indonesia Releases 2005 Bali Bombing Convict
[AnNahar] An Indonesian bomb-maker convicted of helping to orchestrate terror attacks on the resort island of Bali in 2005 which killed 20 people was released on parole Wednesday, an official said.

Muhammad Cholili, 36, was sentenced to 18 years in prison in September 2006 for assisting slain ringleaders Noordin Mohammad Top and Azahari Husin to assemble the explosives used in the blasts.

The attacks on restaurants on October 1, 2005 left 20 people dead and over 100 injured.

Noordin and Azahari were key members of the Al-Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiyah krazed killer network blamed for a string of deadly attacks in Indonesia, including the 2002 Bali bombing which killed 202 people, mostly Western holidaymakers.

"Muhammad Cholili has been released on parole today after several remissions which he received for good behavior. He has never broken any prison regulations," the justice ministry's prisons spokeswoman Ika Yusanti told AFP.

Sentences are routinely cut in Indonesia to mark major religious celebrations such as Eid al-Fitr Mohammedan holiday and the country's independence day on August 17.

This meant that Cholili served only around half of his term, but Yusanti said that his release has "received the recommendation from the Detachment 88 and the National Anti-Terror Agency", which are responsible for tracking terror activities in the country.

Yusanti also added that the authorities would continue to monitor Cholili's activities and he will not be able to leave Indonesia without the justice minister's approval.

"If he commits any crime or creates any problems in the community, he will be sent back to prison," she added.

Indonesia's English daily The Jakarta Globe reported that Cholili was surprised to learn of his release from the Lowokwaru Prison in Malang, East Java, but was happy to leave prison.

"The most important thing is to go home and meet my family," he was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

Indonesia, the world's biggest Mohammedan-majority nation, has long struggled with terrorism but a successful clampdown in recent years has prevented major deadly attacks.

there's more than one way to skin a cat...
recent reports of Indonesians joining the procession of jihadists to Syria and Iraq have sparked fears that they will revive sophisticated krazed killer networks.

Southeast Asia
Msia detains terror suspect
[Straits Times] MALAYSIA has nabbed an Indonesian cut-thoat suspect thought to have been a courier for Noordin Mohammad Top, the late bombmaker of terror group Jemaah Islamiyah, a report said on Wednesday.

The Star daily reported that Fadli Sadama, 27, was jugged on Oct 13, quoting an unnamed regional counter-terrorism source. He is accused of involvement in a bank robbery and attempting to smuggle weapons.

Fadli was reportedly involved in an August heist of US$40,000 (S$52,699) from a bank in the Indonesian city of Medan, according to the paper.

It said Fadli was jugged while travelling to Malaysia's southern state of Johor on a bus in possession of two revolvers.

The report said Fadli was planning to use the weapons to attack an Indonesian prison holding Toni Togar, believed to be the criminal mastermind of the Medan bank robbery.

Malaysian police could not be reached for comment.

Southeast Asia
3 on trial for hotel bombings
[Straits Times] THREE suspected members of late terror leader Noordin Mohammad Top's network went on trial in Indonesia Thursday over twin suicide kabooms on two luxury hotels in Jakarta last year.

Bayu Seno, alias Tono, faces the death penalty if convicted on charges of assembling the bombs used in the July 17 attacks on the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels, which killed seven people.

'He assisted in an act of terrorism by way of purposely using violence and stirring up an atmosphere of terror and widespread fear,' prosecutor Kiki Ahmad Yani told the West Jakarta district court.

Seno also assisted by buying and transporting kabooms which were to be used in a plot to assassinate Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, he said.

Two Islamic gunnies with backpacks filled with homemade bombs blew themselves up at the hotels, marking the bloody end of a four-year hiatus in attacks attributed to Noordin and Al-Qaeda-linked regional terror network Jemaah Islamiyah.

In a separate hearing, alleged Islamic bad boy Pandu Wicaksono was charged with hiding Noordin at his house in Surakarta district in Central Java in June 2009, prosecutor Iwan Setiawan said. Another suspect, Suramto, is on trial accused of recruiting one of the boomers and buying kabooms used for the hotel attacks. Both also face the death penalty if found guilty.

Southeast Asia
Indonesian website owner jailed over hotel attacks
An Indonesian court sentenced a website owner to five years in jail on Tuesday for hiding information from authorities that militants were planning to bomb two luxury hotels in Jakarta last year.

Muhammad Jibriel Abdul Rahman, 25, the owner of the Ar-rahmah website, met with Noordin Mohammad Top, who headed a violent wing of regional militant group Jemaah Islamiah, before Top carried out the hotel attacks in July 2009, the court heard. Jibriel had been charged with abetting terrorism.

"The judges view that the defendant has plenty of information about the Islamic struggle fostered by Noordin Top in Indonesia," justice Erlin Hermanto told the South Jakarta district court. The sentence, less than the seven years demanded by prosecutors, drew screams from women clad in black burqas, the all-enveloping veils worn in some Islamic communities. "A damnation from God awaits," one woman shouted from the court gallery.

Jibriel said he would appeal against the sentence.

Southeast Asia
Dulmatin Really Dead
Reuters) - A suspected mastermind of the Bali bombings was killed in a police raid in Indonesia in the latest blow to an Islamist militant movement in the world's most populous Muslim country. Dulmatin, who once trained with al Qaeda in Afghanistan, was one of three militants killed in a shootout with police at an Internet cafe and a house nearby, Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said on Wednesday.

"Today I can announce to you that after a successful police raid against the terrorists hiding out in Jakarta yesterday, we can confirm that one of those that was killed was Dulmatin, one of the top Southeast Asian terrorists," Yudhoyono said in a speech in Australia's parliament house in Canberra.

The series of police raids that led to Dulmatin's death will be seen as a coup in Indonesia's fight against Islamist radicals ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's visit March 20-22. But analysts said Dulmatin's emergence in Indonesia with a new group showed a worrisome ability of local militants to forge international links, including with al Qaeda-affiliated outfits.

Police shot dead Dulmatin, who they said fired at officers with a revolver he was carrying, and two others in a series of coordinated raids on the outskirts of Jakarta on Tuesday.

Dulmatin's body was identified after DNA tests and also by his chin shape, eyebrows and freckles, police said on Wednesday. The other two men killed were said to be his bodyguards.

Dulmatin, an electronics specialist, was a top bomb technician for the Southeast Asian Islamist militant group, Jemaah Islamiah. Authorities say he helped plan the suicide bombings that ripped apart two night clubs in Bali and killed 202 people in 2002.

He fled to the southern Philippines in 2003 and the U.S. government had a $10 million reward for his capture. The 40-year-old who was born in Central Java is said to have been wounded after escaping a raid by Philippine security forces.


Indonesia's counter-terrorism unit, Detachment 88, has launched raids across the archipelago following the discovery of a militant Islamist training camp in Aceh last month. Books on jihad, rifles and military uniforms were found during the raids in which 21 suspected members of the group were detained in Aceh and Java.

Aceh's governor, Irwandi Yusuf, was quoted by the Jakarta Post as saying on Tuesday the group planned to set up a Southeast Asian jihadist network in the Sumatran province. Analysts said Dulmatin had the capability to succeed Noordin Mohammad Top, a Malaysian-born militant and bomb maker killed by police last year during a raid in central Java.

Top, who set up a violent splinter group of Jemaah Islamiah, masterminded a series of bombings including suicide attacks on the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels in Jakarta last July.

Sidney Jones, an expert at the International Crisis Group, said the new group was also a splinter of Jemaah Islamiah, likely calling itself the Aceh branch of al Qaeda for Southeast Asia (Tandzim Al Qoidah Indonesia Wilayah Serambi Makkah) Jones said that the militants were probably planning attacks but the recent arrests and deaths should have damaged their capacity to carry them out for now.

But the analyst said it was unclear if there were other Aceh-like cells and the re-emergence of Dulmatin in Indonesia showed the worrying extent of the international links Indonesia militants have forged. "This means that there probably was far more coordination with the Philippines over the last five years than we had any appreciation of," she said.

In the Philippines, Dulmatin was last thought to be operating with the al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group, along with another Indonesian wanted over the Bali bombings, Umar Patek.

National Police chief Bambang Hendarso Danuri told a news conference that the raids in Jakarta had turned up remote controls that could be used to detonate bombs. He also said that Dulmatin was more dangerous than some other well known militants, including expert bomb-maker Azahari Husin, who was killed by Indonesian police.

Dulmatin's group had secured 500 million rupiah ($54,500) to buy weapons and for military training, with more money available, he added. Security analyst Dynno Chressbon said Dulmatin's group was believed to have supplied about 27 weapons, including M-16s and AK-47s to the group in Aceh.

Since the 2002 Bali bombings, Indonesian authorities have captured or killed around 440 militant suspects, with around 250 convicted in courts and three executed by firing squad.

Southeast Asia
Indonesia hotel bombing suspect goes on trial
A suspected member of late terror leader Noordin Mohammad Top's network appeared in an Indonesian court Wednesday charged over twin suicide attacks on luxury hotels in Jakarta last year.

The bombings killed seven people as well as the two suicide bombers and marked the bloody end of a four-year hiatus in attacks attributed to Noordin and Al-Qaeda-linked regional terror network Jemaah Islamiyah.

Noordin's alleged driver, Amir Abdillah, could face multiple death sentences if convicted on charges including carrying out an act of terrorism, providing explosive materials and harbouring terrorist suspects.

Prosecutors said he was also part of a plot to assassinate Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and had booked a room at the JW Marriott hotel which the hotel bombers used to prepare their attacks.

"He assisted in an act of terrorism by way of purposely using violence and stirring an atmosphere of terror and widespread fear," prosecutor Totok Bambang said.

Two Islamic extremists with backpacks filled with homemade bombs blew themselves up at the neighbouring JW Marriott and Ritz Carlton hotels in downtown Jakarta on July 17.

Abdillah wore the white garb of a devout Muslim, joked with journalists and smiled during the hearing, but was not required to enter a plea.

Police have said his arrest shortly after the hotel blasts was crucial to subsequent operations which ultimately led to the killing or capture of Malaysian Islamist Noordin and several of his accomplices.

Southeast Asia
Top's relatives are suspects
[Straits Times] INDONESIAN police said the brother and father-in-law of Noordin Mohammad Top, one of Asia's most wanted men before he was killed in a raid in September, were being held on suspicion of hiding the late militant.

Top's father-in-law Bahrudin Latif and his son, who were captured last week in West Java, were suspected of possessing material used for homemade bombs.
Ito Sumardi, chief of police detectives, told reporters on Tuesday that Bahrudin Latif, also known as Baridin, and his son, who were captured last week in West Java, were also suspected of possessing explosive material used for homemade bombs.

Malaysian-born Top set up a violent splinter group of regional militant network Jemaah Islamiah, which was responsible for a series of attacks in Indonesia including the bombing of two luxury hotel bombings in Jakarta in July.

Mr Sumardi said police were investigating the network linked to Baridin, who was being held in Jakarta. Police have previously accused Top's father-in-law, who was a veteran of the Afghanistan conflict, of being a key figure in Al-Qaeda in Southeast Asia.

The militant has been on the run since fleeing just before a raid earlier this year in which police found a cache of explosive material in the back garden of his home in Cilacap, Central Java. Baridin's daughter married Top in 2006 and the couple had two children, according to the International Crisis Group.

Tito Karnavian, the head of Indonesia's anti-terrorism unit Detachment 88, said last week that despite set backs militant cells in Indonesia were still actively recruiting new members and planning attacks, the Jakarta Post reported.

Southeast Asia
Radicals set up new cells
[Straits Times] INDONESIA still faces a key risk of new militant attacks as Islamic radicals have set up new cells in recent years and some bomb experts remain at large, the head of the country's anti-terrorism unit said on Thursday.

Police have killed or captured a string of suspected militants, including Southeast Asia's most-wanted fugitive, Noordin Mohammad Top, since suicide bombings on two luxury hotels in Jakarta in July shattered a four-year lull in attacks.

But Saud Usman Nasution, head of the country's US trained anti-terrorism unit, Detachment 88, said new attacks could occur at any time in the world's most populous Muslim nation.

'Whenever they have a chance, they will launch them,' Mr Saud, who rarely talks to the media, told reporters. 'Many terrorists responsible for bombings in Indonesia are still at large. Many of them are still preparing themselves, it seems, and many new cells have been formed,' he said.

Those on the run, he said, included expert bomb makers. He refused to elaborate because he said the information could be sensitive for police operations in the field.

Mr Saud said that since 2000 police had detained 455 militants, of which 352 had been convicted. More than 200 had been released from jail, while 12 militants were still in police detention facing a legal process, he added.

Southeast Asia
Noordin's Body Will Be Planted Next Week
JOHOR BAHARU, Sept 18 (Bernama) -- The body of Asia's number one terrorist, Noordin Mohammad Top, is only expected to be brought back to Malaysia next week for burial in his family's village in Pontian. According to a source, Indonesia needed between four to five days more to examine Noordin's body before handing it over to Malaysia and his family.
Taking the time to make sure he's really, really dead.
"Two of Noordin's family members, probably his elder brother known as 'Yahya' and his younger brother known as 'Isa' will go to Jakarta next week with Malaysian police officers to identify and claim the body. "Noordin's wife who lives in Kampung Sungai Tiram, Johor Baharu will not go to Jakarta to claim the body," the source told Bernama in an interview Friday.
No doubt deep in mourning, or shopping for a new husband
Isn't that generally taken care of by her brother?
Observation by Bernama of Noordin's family house today in Kampung Kayu Ara Pasong, Pontian found that it was uninhabited.

Noordin, 41, who headed a more radical splinter group of the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) was killed yesterday after his hideout in Solo, Central Java was raided by Indonesia's elite anti-terrorist unit Densus 88. Noordin's death ended a six-year hunt for the person believed to be responsible for a series bomb attacks that killed tens of people in the republic. Asia's number one terrorist was alleged to be responsible for the bomb attacks on the Ritz Charlton Hotel and the J.W Marriot Hotel in Jakarta on July 17 which killed nine people including the two suicide bombers.

According to the source there was no need for Noordin's family members and police officers to go to Jakarta now as the process of examining his body was not completed.
Driving a stake through his heart takes time.
However, the source said, the process of identifying Noordin by DNA that takes about 30 hours would be completed tonight or tomorrow and the result announced.
Another site which won't open for me seems to indicate the DNA test is positive
The Indonesian authorities have already identified the body as Noordin's based on fingerprints and other physical marks.

Meanwhile the source also denied local media reports that the death of the most wanted terrorist was due to his blowing himself up to avoid being taken alive.
"Noordin died due to being shot on several parts of his body including the feet, hands and head. He had a serious wound on the back of his head behind his right ear, probably due to being shot," the source said.
Interesting shot distribution. Almost like someone was taking their time...
Still, the source said, the face was in good condition and this made the identification process easier.

Southeast Asia
Forensic tests on Indonesia militant no match for Top
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Forensic tests including on DNA, finger prints and hair of a man shot dead by Indonesian police during a raid targeting Noordin Mohammad Top do not match the militant, a source close to the investigation said on Monday.
Malaysian-born Top is a prime suspect in last month's near simultaneous suicide attacks on Jakarta's JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels that killed nine people and wounded 53. Police shot dead a man thought to be Top after an 18-hour siege on a farmhouse in rice fields in Central Java on Saturday, but initial confidence it was Top appears to be fading.

"Sure, today at 10 o'clock the tests were already completed," said the source from police headquarters, who spoke on condition he was not named. "Twelve criteria for supporting evidence have been checked including DNA, finger prints, hair and so on," "According to my friends, they don't match," said the source, adding that blood samples were taken from Top's son in Riau province.
The source said police could officially announce the results in two to three days.

Police will also check on a scar on Top's left eye brow and particular tooth pattern based on information from him Malaysian family, the source said. A police spokesman could not immediately be reached, but a number of analysts and other sources quoted in the media have also denied that the dead man is Top.

"From the photos of the head of the body that was circulating in the Internet as well as some other information I can't quote the sources, we have no idea who it was," Sidney Jones, an expert on Islamic militants at the International Crisis Group, said on Sunday. Fingerprints, facial features and the body posture of the man also did not match, the Jakarta Globe newspaper quoted an unnamed source from the anti-terrorism unit Detachment 88 as saying.

Rohan Gunaratna, a terrorism expert based in Singapore, also said he did not believe Top is dead and said it was "was a mistaken identity". "There are people in detention who can surely identify Noordin Mohammad Top," he said.

Top, who formed a violent wing of the Jemaah Islamiah (JI) militant network, is blamed for a series of attacks including on the Australian Embassy in Jakarta in 2004 and in Bali in 2005.

Andi Widjajanto, a security expert at the University of Indonesia, said he believed the man killed in Central Java had been part of Noordin's group. "I don't know who it was, but I'm sure the man was someone close to (Top's) group, and he had the loyalty to deviate attention by shouting from inside that he identified himself as Noordin Top," he said, referring to a media report that the man in the house had shouted out during the siege claiming to be Top.

The weekend raids in Central Java and Bekasi near Jakarta resulted in three suspects being killed, five arrested and half-a-tonne of explosives seized, which police said was supposed to be used in a suicide car bomb attack on the home of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
Not a total failure, there's always next time.

Southeast Asia
Noordin Top shot dead
[Straits Times] INDONESIAN police have shot dead a man suspected to be leading Islamic militant Noordin Mohammad Top during raids in Central Java and were trying to identify his body, a police source said on Saturday.

Separately, police said they had killed two suspected militants and found up to 500kg of bombs during a raid on a house in the Bekasi area near the capital Jakarta.

Malaysian-born Top is a prime suspect thought to be behind the near simultaneous suicide attacks on two luxury Jakarta hotels last month.

The July 17 attacks on the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton killed nine and wounded 53, including Indonesians and foreigners, and broke a four-year lull when there had been no major attacks after police had arrested hundreds of militants.

Police have launched a series of raids since Friday and the police source, who is close to the investigation into the hotel attacks, told Reuters the man suspected to be Top was killed during a raid on a workshop in Temanggung in Central Java.

'He was shot dead at the workshop in Temanggung,' the source said, adding that raids in the area had led police to the house in Bekasi where bombs had been found.

Police were trying to defuse the bombs and a Reuters correspondent at the scene heard a loud blast from the cordoned off area.

'I think this is very significant. Hopefully the person in Temanggung is Noordin,' said national police spokesman Nanan Soekarna. He said two suspects believed to be involved in recruiting suicide bombers were still on the run.

National Police Chief Bambang Hendarso Danuri said police had captured three men in Central Java and three men in Jakarta during the raids.

He said the bombs appeared to have been prepared for use in a car bomb attack on 'a very particular target", but did not elaborate.

Southeast Asia
Noordins associates grilled
[Straits Times] MALAYSIAN authorities revealed on Tuesday that they are questioning supporters of Noordin Mohammad Top, a wanted terrorist believed to be the mastermind of last week's Jakarta bombings.

Three of his associates detained in Malaysia before the July 17 attacks are being interviewed and Malaysian intelligence officials are in Jakarta helping in the probe, Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein told reporters on Tuesday.

He said that Malaysian-born Noordin was not in the country, but police were watching his supporters.

'We are monitoring them. In fact, we detained three of them just before the bombing in Jakarta. They are helping us in the investigation,' he was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.

Datuk Seri Hishammuddin said the three detained men were Malaysians suspected of belonging to the Jemaah Islamiah (JI) regional terror group.

Asked if their detentions were linked to the Jakarta bombings, he responded: 'I'm not in the position to tell you that they are directly related to the bombings, but they are terrorists.'

Earlier this month, police said they detained three alleged JI members in Johor on June 25. They are being held under the Internal Security Act (ISA), which allows for detention without trial.

The three were identified as Sulaiman Bukhari, Latif Omar and Samsudin, according to the Abolish ISA Movement, a non-governmental organisation. Reports said they were aged between 43 and 53, and were ordinary JI members trying to revive the group's operations in Malaysia.

They were said to have met Mas Selamat Kastari, the JI leader who escaped from detention in Singapore last year and was recaptured in Johor on April 1. Mas Selamat is also being detained under the ISA in Malaysia.

Mr Hishammuddin said on Tuesday that last Friday's attacks on the Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott hotels in Jakarta were more likely to be the work of an international terror network.


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