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'Bali bomber' Dulmatin confirmed dead in Indonesia raid

Police official displays images of Dulmatin in Jakarta, Indonesia (10 March 2010)
Police said there was no doubt that Dulmatin was the man killed in Jakarta

DNA tests on the body of a man killed in Jakarta prove beyond doubt he is Dulmatin, the last main suspect of the Bali bombings, Indonesian police say.

Police chief Bambang Hendarso Danuri said bomb-making equipment had been found during the raid in the capital.

Dulmatin was suspected of planning the 2002 attacks which killed 202 people.

News of Dulmatin's death had been announced earlier by Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, during talks in Australia.

About half of those killed in Bali were Australian, and officials there have praised Indonesia's anti-terror operations.

Police had initially not determined whether the man they killed at an internet cafe in the capital on Tuesday was Dulmatin - there have been previous cases where bodies were incorrectly believed to be those of terror suspects.

But Mr Danuri said there was now no doubt.

"From photographic evidence and DNA, we can confirm that the body of the man we shot at the internet cafe matches 100% with Dulmatin's," he said.

"He had the capability to detonate bombs from a distance, and we thank God we have succeeded in catching and killing him because he was very dangerous here and to other countries."

He said bomb-detonators had also been found in the raid and warned Indonesians to remain alert to signs of militant activity.

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Dulmatin was alleged to be a leading member of Jemaah Islamiah (JI) - a militant group with links to al-Qaeda - which has a long history of launching attacks in Indonesia and is blamed for the Bali attack.

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His role was to "prepare military training, buy weapons and bullets and finance military training activities", said Mr Danuri.

He was killed in raids on Tuesday said to be linked to an ongoing operation against militants in Aceh province. The raids have also led to a number of arrests.

His death was also confirmed by Mr Yudhoyono, who said Dulmatin was "one of the top south-east Asian terrorists that we have been looking for".

At a joint lunch meeting in Canberra, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd praised Indonesia for making "significant breakthroughs" in "undermining various terrorist networks".

"Our own law enforcement agencies, our own security agencies have worked in close partnerships with our Indonesian friends," he said.

But he said the "challenge of terrorism continues into the future" and that travel warnings remained in place for Australians.

Karishma Vaswani
Karishma Vaswani, BBC News, Jakarta
The "genius of Jemaah Islamiah" has been on Indonesia's most wanted list for years, and is thought to be one of the few members of the militant group able to assemble and explode sophisticated bombs.

Security analysts say that while the killing is a significant coup for Indonesian authorities, and shows they are doing their job, it is also a troubling sign that terror networks in Indonesia could be seeing a possible rejuvenation.

That would be a big concern for Indonesian police who had hoped that their efforts to stamp out terrorism in the archipelago over the last few years had been successful.

Alexander Downer, Australia's foreign minister at the time of the attacks, told the BBC World Service Dulmatin's death was "no great loss".

He said compared to other countries battling terror groups, Indonesia had done "pretty much the best job" at reducing the threat of home-grown attacks.

Indonesia's anti-terrorist forces have launched a series of raids nationwide after the discovery of an alleged Islamist militant training camp in the province of Aceh last month.

The BBC's Indonesia correspondent Karishma Vaswani says Dulmatin has been an elusive target.

A few years ago, the Philippines army said he had been injured during a gun battle, but no-one could say for sure that he had been seriously hurt.

DNA tests were carried out on a body found in the southern Philippines in 2008, but it was confirmed not to be his.

DNA tests had also been necessary to prove beyond doubt that Noordin Mohamed Top, at the time Indonesia's most-wanted Islamist militant, had been killed in September 2009.


Despite the killings and arrests, police chief Danuri warned that the "rejuvenation of these militants is being seen as a serious possibility".

"We arrested 400 terror suspects, then rehabilitated and released 242 of them - but some of them have gone back to terrorism," he said on Wednesday.

The latest raids come less than two weeks before the visit to Indonesia of US President Barack Obama.

Indonesia has made significant inroads in recent years into dismantling the leadership of JI.

A total of 14 people have been charged with plotting to launch terrorist attacks.

Those charged are believed by officials to be members of a previously unknown terror group. Seizures in raids included DVDs on the Bali bombings.

Police have been investigating possible links between those militants and JI.

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