One of Asia’s most wanted fugitive terrorist leaders, Noordin Mohammed Top, has escaped an early morning raid by Indonesian police in a central Java town, but the police say they killed two other wanted militants.
Malaysian-born Noordin Mohammed Top, believed to be one of the leaders in the regional terrorist network Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) was not in the safe house in the central Javenese town of Wonosobo when heavily armed police arrived Saturday before dawn.
Police officials said Noordin, who has escaped arrest several times in the past, frequented the house, and they thought they might have him this time. But they said he wasn’t there.
National Police Chief General Sutanto said two JI suspects, Abdul Hadi and Jabir, were killed in the ensuing firefight, while another two suspected JI members were arrested.
Abdul Hadi and Jabir were thought to be JI explosives experts, and were suspected of involvement in the bombing of the Australian embassy in Jakarta in 2003…