Wednesday, August 12, 2009

It's Ibrohim

Police finally confirmed this morning that the man shot dead in Temanggung, Central Java raid last week is Ibrohim, the florist who played crucial role in July 17 bombings at JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels that killed nine people, including six foreigners.
National Police spokesperson Nana Soekarna said according to DNA test, it's 100% match with Ibrohim's family member. So, it's not Noordin M. Top as widely speculated before. Neither is Tedy AKA Reno, the man identified by police as expert in assembling the bomb, inherited the expertise of Dr Azahari. Reno is also known involved in Bali bombing that killed over 100 people in 2002.
Police said Ibrohim was the planner and controller of the bombings. Ibrohim, according to police, had also expressed his willingness to be the next suicide bomber. Ibrohim surveyed Ritz-Carlton in JUly 8. CCTV recorded Ibrohim entering the hotel with Nana Maulana from the backdoor. CCTV also caught Ibrohim bringing in the bomb to Marriott on July 16 using the backdoor to Room 1808.
Police has previously identified Dani Dwi Permana, 17 years, as the suicide bomber at JW Marriott. Police is identifying Nana Ikhwan Maulana, 28 years, as the suicide bomber at Ritz-Carlton. Two other terrorist suspects, Air Setiawan and Eko Joko Sarjono (Eko Peyang), have been shot dead in Jatiasih, Bekasi raid last week.
According to Amir Abdillah, the man who reserved the Room 1808, the July 17 bombings were planned in series of meetings in Mampang (South Jakarta) and Jatiasih, Bekasi, West Java. "Noordin was there (in the meetings)," Soekarna said, quoting Abdillah who has been detained last week.
Police is also tracking the transfer of Rp1 billion (US$100,000) funds to a man identified as "SJ", who allegedly recruited the suicide bombers. SJ, identified as Saifuddin Jaelani by some publications, disappeared three or four months ago. So, "big names" are still out there for police to hunt. (hs/ya




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