Indonesian cops storm suspected militant hide-out

August 7, 2009 8:38:32 PM PDT
Indonesian police raided a house Saturday where the regional militant leader suspected in last month's attacks on hotels in the capital was believed to be holed up with several followers, witnesses said. Officers besieged the house in central Java province for 16 hours, firing on it with automatic weapons. At least five explosions rocked the building since dawn.

Police spokesman Nanan Sukarna said officers believed alleged Malaysian militant leader Noordin Mohammad Top and two or three of his followers were inside, but could not immediately confirm their fate.

TV One reported that officers outside the house had taken off their helmets and were shaking hands with each other, suggesting all those inside had either been killed or captured.

Noordin is suspected in last month's attacks on two luxury hotels in the capital, Jakarta, as well as in four other major bombings in Indonesia since 2002, including nightclub bombings on the resort island of Bali that year that killed 202 people, mostly foreigners.