Policemen guard in front of a morgue where the body of suspected Islamic militant Noordin Mohammad Top
is being identified by forensic in a police hospital in Jakarta
August 8, 2009. Indonesian police shot dead a man suspected to be leading
Islamic militant Noordin Mohammad Top ending an 18-hour siege in Central
Java and were trying to identify his body, police sources said
JAKARTA, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- National Police Chief
General Bambang Hendarso Danuri said the authorities will carry out a DNA test
to ensure that the person shot dead in Temanggung district of Central Java on
Saturday is Noordin Mohammad Top, leader of regional militant network of Jemaah
The police chief said the blood sample taken from the
body will be matched with the samples of Top's wife.
Media reports and some police officers at the scene
said the man shot in a siege in a house in the district was Top. But the police
chief said he could not confirm without legal evidence.
"A DNA test will be conducted with his wife, then we
can announce who he is," Hndarso told a press conference at the police
He confirmed that there was only one person besieged
in the house.
After shooting Top, police did not find any bombs on
his body as it was the habit of Top, but one beside him, Hendarso said.
Police examine a house used as a
militant hideout after they raided it in Temanggung, Central Java August
8, 2009. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
Top had always been heavily armed with bombs, partly
making him often escaped from police ambushes.
On the State Palace, Indonesian
President Susilko Bambang Yudhoyono, who has been targeted by the terrorists,
expressed his appreciation on the police achievement, saying that the effort to
fight terrorism would continue.
The body of Noordin arrived in Jakarta on Saturday
Police gather outside a house used as a
militant hideout after police raided it in Temanggung, central Java August
8, 2009. 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, police sources said on Saturday.
Top was the coordinator of Southeast Asia militant
network of Jemaah Islamiah. He was believed to have links with the recent
suicide bombings in two luxury hotels in Jakarta, killing nine people and
wounding more than 50 others.
He was labeled as the most wanted man due to his key
role in a series of major deadly explosions in Indonesia, including the churches
explosion in 2000, Bali bombings in 2002 and 2005, JW Marriot Hotel blasts in
2003 and Australian embassy bombings in 2004. Those bombings killed more than
During his refuge, Top had married three times which
helped him with hiding.