Thursday, September 17, 2009

Noordin M Top shot dead (?)

Indonesian police claimed the most wanted terrorist Noordin M. Top has been shot dead in a police raid in Solo, Central Java. Police wanted Noordin's death as a Idul Fitri gift for President SBY. Too good to be true?
National Police Chief Bambang Hendarso Danuri told media today that Noordin shot dead after exchanged gunfires with The Special Anti-Terror Force (Detasemen 88) last nigth. "Police shot dead Noordin," Danuri said to dismiss speculation that Noordin killed from a suicide bombing. Danuri explained that police managed to corner Noordin in the bathroom before shot him dead.  
Three other terrorist suspects, Bagus Budi Pranoto (Urwah), Susilo (Adik), and Ario Sudarso (Aji) were also shot dead in the raid. Urwah is considered one of key suspects in the 2003 bombing of Australian Embassy in Jakarta.
The house raided by police is owned by Sugiyanto, rented by Susilo since four months ago. Susilo's pregnant wife named Putri Munawaroh is severely injured from the gunfires.
How police came to the conclusion? Fingerprint test. How about DNA test? Well, police is conducting the DNA test. Results will be known in the next 30 hours or so.
2) Australian media called it "big win" for Indonesian police. (Well, this is a timely positive news needed by police amid public criticism about its maneuvers on Corruption Eradication Commission/KPK).
3) Dynno Chressbon, terrorism observer, doubted Noordin's death claiming that "Noordin is in West Java for a religious journey." (He made the statement before police confirmed Noordin's death)
4) Priyo Budi Santoso, chairman of Golkar Party's faction in the House of Representatives (DPR) said, "I hope this is not related to the issue of weakening of KPK." (He made the statement also before police's formal announcement)
5) Badarudin Ismail, spokesperson for Noordin family in Malaysia, said "we doubt that, but better wait confirmation from DNA test." (He made the statement before police' formal announcement)




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