Dead terror mastermind Noordin to be returned to Malaysia
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Last Updated: Friday, September 18, 2009, 13:32
Jakarta: Indonesia will return the body of regional terror mastermind Noordin Mohammed Top to Malaysia, police said on Friday, following the militant leader's death in a dramatic raid.

"The Malaysian government and Noordin Mohammed Top's family have requested his body so he can be buried in Malaysia. We will give him back to them," national police spokesman Nanan Soekarna said.

"We will complete his (Noordin's) DNA test today and hand the body over to the Foreign Ministry which will arrange to return it to Malaysia," he said.

Noordin, a 41-year-old Malaysian who led a violent splinter faction of the Jemaah Islamiyah radical network, was killed along with three militants at the bloody end of a nine-hour siege in a village in central Java yesterday.

"We wanted so much to catch Noordin alive but there was a firefight. We asked them to surrender but they refused. In fact, they started to shoot at us first," Soekarna said.

Soekarna said the back of Noordin's head was shattered by an "explosion" as police tore down a wall in the rented house in which he had holed up with fellow fighters.

Noordin was also shot in the side of his body and leg, he said.

Noordin's family in Malaysia's southern Johor state, where he had a first wife and three children aged 10, nine and eight, said they had long anticipated his death.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, September 18, 2009, 13:32

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