WORLD BRIEFING / INDONESIA

Times Wire Reports

Indonesian police stormed a house today where the militant leader suspected in last month's attacks on hotels in Jakarta was believed hiding out with several followers, witnesses and police said.

The raid came after a 16-hour siege of the house in Central Java province that had officers trading automatic weapons fire with the militants. Police spokesman Nanan Sukarna said officers believed alleged militant leader Noordin Mohammad Top, a Malaysian, and two or three of his followers were inside, but could not immediately confirm their fate.

Earlier officers raided a second house close to Jakarta where they shot and killed two suspected militants.

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