SOLO, Indonesia -- Special forces raided a hide-out Thursday and killed militant mastermind Noordin Muhammed Top, striking at the heart of the terrorist network behind a deadly campaign of suicide attacks in Indonesia, including the Bali nightclub bombings.
Besides knocking out Southeast Asia's most wanted man, Thursday's operation netted a fugitive bomb maker believed to have designed explosives for twin suicide bombings at luxury hotels in Jakarta in July.
Noordin had eluded capture for more than seven years. He was a Malaysian citizen suspected of being a regional leader of al-Qaida with links to Osama bin Laden, according to a police official.
Be the first to know
Get local news delivered to your inbox!