Indonesian authorities have confirmed that a man killed in a shootout with police this week is terrorist leader Noordin Top.
police spokesman Nanan Sukarna said Saturday that DNA tests supported
findings of an earlier fingerprint identification.
Noordin was one of four people killed in a raid Thursday on a militant hideout in Central Java. Three others were arrested.
Police mistakenly announced last month that Noordin was killed in another raid.
United States said Thursday that Indonesia has potentially taken a
"significant step forward" in its fight against militants.
led a breakaway faction of the Southeast Asian terrorist network Jemaah
Islamiyah. The group has links to al-Qaida and has carried out a
string of bombings in Indonesia in recent years.
Noordin most recently was suspected of masterminding suicide bombings that killed seven people at two Jakarta hotels in July.
Indonesian authorities say Bagus Budi Pranato, an alleged bomb maker linked to those bombings, was also killed in the raid.
involved in the operation seized documents, laptops and weapons from
the militant hideout in Solo following a gunfight that ended in an
A U.S. State Department spokesman, Philip Crowley,
said Thursday the United States did not participate in the operation,
or provide information leading to it.
Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.