Asia’s Most Wanted Terrorist, Noordin Top Reported Dead

August 8, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Malaysian citizen Noordin Mohammed Top, Asia’s most notorious terrorist suspect is assumed dead after a 16-hour siege ended on Saturday in Indonesia, between police and terror suspects holed up in an insurgent safe house. Noordin said in a 2005 videotaped message that he was on a mission to avenge Muslim deaths in Afghanistan, by killing Westerners.

Noordin has been linked to bombings that killed more than 240 innocent people in hotels and nightclubs, popular with Western tourists.

Noordin is suspected of engineering the deadly attacks on. W. Marriott and Ritz-Carlton, two American hotels, in Jakarta last month. And is believed to be responsible for previous bombings in Bali that killed 202 people, many of them foreign tourists. He claimed to operate with al-Qaida militants and authorities say he is a skilled bomb maker.

After the violent siege, authorities believe a dead body found in the bathroom of the hideout was that of Noordin Top, but the identity of the body can’t be officially confirmed until an autopsy and DNA analysis are completed.

Authorities believe Noordin has been able to elude capture all this time, because of help from members of the Jemaah Islamiyah terror network, which operates in Indonesia.

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