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Indonesian video threatens West
Video grab of man believed to be Noordin Mohammad Top - 17/11/05
Officials said they identified the man from his Malaysian accent
A masked man - believed to be one of South East Asia's most wanted Islamic militants - has appeared in a video threatening attacks against the West.

The video singles out the US, the UK, Australia and Italy as targets.

Officials believed the man was Noordin Mohammad Top, a key figure in Jemaah Islamiah, the radical group blamed for bomb attacks on Bali and elsewhere.

Police found the video in a house they raided last week, when Noordin Top narrowly escaped being captured.

A near-simultaneous raid on another house, in East Java, ended in the death of his associate, Azahari Husin.

"As long as you keep your troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and intimidate Muslim people, you will feel our intimidation and our terror," the man in the video said.

Pointing at the camera, he said: "America, Australia, England and Italy. You will be the target of our next attack."

Such video messages have regularly surfaced in the Middle East, but this is believed to be the first to come to light from South East Asia.

The message of the video focused particularly on Australia.

"Especially for Australia, as long as its troops are in Afghanistan and Iraq and engage in intimidation there, you will also feel our intimidation," the man said.

Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer dismissed the message.

"No democratic country like Australia should be intimidated by a fanatic like Noordin Top," he told reporters in the Australian city of Adelaide.

Suicide bombers

The video also showed three other men who were identified as the suicide bombers who attacked the Indonesian resort island of Bali on 1 October.

One of them, Muhammad Salik Firdaus, addressed his family in the video.

"My brother and wife, God willing, when you see this recording I'll already be in heaven," he said.

Bali police chief I Made Mangku Pastika said three people were currently being questioned over their role in those bombings, which killed 20 people.

"They are people that had direct contacts with Azahari and Noordin Top. They are certainly also linked to the Bali bombs," he said.

Police have named the three as Cholily alias Yahya alias Hasan, Anif alias Pendek, and Abdul Aziz.

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