The threat of terrorism still exists despite the death of Malaysian-born terrorist Noordin M Topin a police raid in Central Java on Saturday, an Indonesian anti-terror official said.
"His presence in Indonesia for such a long time with a series of terrorist actions carried out up to July 2009, shows that Noordin has continued to build up his power base in the form of cells," Ansyaad Mbai, head of the anti-terror desk at the coordinating ministry for political, legal and security affairs, was quoted by Antara news agency as saying on Saturday.
"It would therefore not be correct to assume that with his death, his entire terror network has been paralyzed," the official said.
Moreover, many terrorist suspects related to Noordin M Top and Dr Azahari were still at large, he added.
"The skills of the Noordin M Top group in making bombs have continued to be developed as can be seen from their modus operandi... these skills, of course, have also been acquired by members of the cells which have been built up for a long time at least over the past four years," he said.
Indonesia's anti-terror police at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday raided a house which was believed to be a terrorist hideout at Beji village in the Kedu region of Temanggung District, in Central Java. Fugitive Malaysian-born terrorist Noordin M Top was believed to have been killed in the raid.
The Indonesian government has intensified efforts to find Noordin M Top following the bombings of two hotels at Mega Kuningan, in Jakarta, on July 17, this year, which killed nine people and injured 53 others.
Based on the findings and modus operandi of the bomb blasts, Noordin M Top and his network were suspected to have been behind the bombings. Azahari was killed in a police raid in East Java in November 2005.