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Indonesia police say 7 militants killed in gunbattle JAKARTA - Seven militants were killed during a major gunbattle with Indonesian police in a town in East Java province on Wednesday and local media said they might include one of Southeast Asia's most wanted Islamic radicals.

Metro TV and other stations said Malaysian Azahari bin Husin had been killed in the shoot-out at the town of Batu near Malang city, although there was no source for their reports. A jounalist told ANTV Azahari blew himself up Wednesday after being cornered by the police at his hideout.

"The body was in pieces but his face could still be recognised by two members of the anti-terrorist unit from Jakarta," Karni Ilyas, who was with the police anti-terror unit when they entered the house, said. "He blew himself up together with the house." Batu police chief Sudijono told Reuters he had seen the bodies of seven militants he described as "terrorists", although they had not been identified.

"We have seen seven bodies," Sudijono said. There was no immediate word of any casualties among security forces. Dino Patti Djalal, a spokesman for President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, said it was not clear if Azahari had been killed. "It was believed Azahari was hiding in this house, but there is no confirmation at the moment that Azahari was there," Djalal told Reuters, adding the president was following events closely.

The official Antara news agency reported numerous explosions at the house in Batu and said the military had been called in to help the police, which had since surrounded the house.


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Shootout in resort town of Batu

Related blog entries (category 'Terrorism') Related blog entries (category 'Terrorism'):
09 November 2005 · Terror leader Azahari bin Husin may have been killed
09 November 2005 · Police trade shots with 'suspected terrorists' in East Java


Posted in Terrorism @ 09 November 2005 14:36 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





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Teletekst reports seven terrorists are killed and one of them (Azahari Bin Husin?) could be the brain behind the bombings on Bali and in Jakarta.



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