Noordin Mat Top of Jemaah Islamiah: Terrorist Killed in Malaysia?
On Saturday, August 8, 2009, reports surfaced that Noordin Mat Top, leader of the insurgent group Jemaah Islamiah, may have been shot and killed in Temangung, Central Jawa, Malaysia, on Friday, August 7.
Police in Malaysia are awaiting confirmation from authorities in Indonesia that the man they killed is Noordin. According to Tan Sri Musa Hassan, the inspector-general of police, Malaysian authorities will assist Indonesia once the identity of the dead man has been confirmed.
"I can't confirm on the incident. I have not received feedback from my counterpart in Indonesia.
"However, we keep in touch constantly and will help, including in identifying the man who was shot, whether he was the leader of the group or otherwise," he told reporters at the KL International Airport (KLIA) after attending a ceremony to send off the Royal Malaysia Police Band contingent who will be participating in the YSTAD International Military Tattoo in Sweden.
Noordin is the most wanted terrorist in Indonesia, according to Indonesian police. He was purportedly shot during an anti-terrorist police raid at Nordin's hideout in Central Jawa.