Malaysia’s most notorious terrorist Noordin Top - especially after his bomb expert colleague Dr Azahari bin Husin was killed recently – is a leading member of the terrorist group Jemaah Islamiah, which has very close links with al-Qaeda. Noordin had evaded the fatal fate of Dr Azahari when Indonesian police surrounded their hideout in Java.
While his killed partner was the demolition man, Noordin was the master mind, chief recruiter and financial controller. He is the top SE Asian terrorist wanted by a number of countries for his murderous activities involving a string of bombing attacks in Indonesia, including the Bali bombings in 2002 that killed 202 people, a hotel in Jakarta in 2003, outside the Australian embassy in the capital in 2004, and at restaurants in Bali in 2005.
Well, Noordin has just evaded another police trap in Indonesia. The Indonesian police surrounded a house thought to be Noordin's hideout in Binangun, a village in Central Java, 375km southeast of Jakarta. They had been monitoring the suspected hideout for months.
Anton Bahrul Alam, the deputy national police spokesman, said: “We attacked them but they were fighting against us using M-16s. So there were exchanges of fire."
He said that two of Noordin's men were killed and two captured, but Noordin again sneaked through.