Bali bombing suspect killed: Indonesia president

13:34, March 10, 2010      

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Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has confirmed that Dulmatin, a mastermind of the Bali bombings, has been killed in a police raid near Jakarta.

A handout shows a man whom police believe to be Dulmatin, a top fugitive militant wanted over the 2002 Bali bombings, after he was shot during a police anti-terror raid at an Internet shop in Pamulang, on the outskirts of Jakarta, March 9, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Yudhoyono made the announcement during his speech to an official luncheon in his honor at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday.

"After a successful police raid against a terrorist hiding out in Jakarta we can confirm that one of those killed was Dulmatin, one of the top South-East Asian terrorists that we've been looking for," he said.

"The breakthroughs which Indonesia has made in undermining various terrorist networks have been significant."

In the latest operation, Indonesian police shot dead a man now identified as Dulmatin, a 39-year-old Indonesian trained by al- Qaeda in Afghanistan. He was wanted for his role in the suicide bombings of two Bali nightclubs in 2002, killing 202 people, including 88 Australians, in Indonesia's deadliest terrorist attack.

Earlier Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd praised the work of Indonesian security agencies, saying it had been a very professional operation, which had come on the top of other recent successful missions.

Rudd said Australian law enforcement and security agencies had worked in close partnership with Indonesian authorities.

Source: Xinhua
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