Jakarta – Two Malaysians who are on Indonesia’s most-wanted list of terrorist suspects are believed to be hiding in Kalimantan. And bomb-expert Azahari Husin and his accomplice, Noordin Mohammed Top, apparently have not been idle. Police say they are linked to a series of bomb threats made to several oil refineries in the area.
According to Indonesian National Police chief, General Da’i Bachtiar, Azahari – one of the alleged masterminds of the Bali bombing - has been leading an unnamed group of Muslim radicals from southern Philippines. The group is believed to be responsible for the bomb threats to the oil refineries.
“There is evidence to suggest that the group has been moving from one place to another. Our hunt for them in Kalimantan has been going for some time,” he told reporters on May 25.
The Indonesian police have offered a reward of one million rupiah for information leading to the capture of each of the two fugitives.
Azahari, a British-trained engineer, and Noordin have been on the most-wanted list following the October 2002 Bali bombings in which 202 people, mostly foreign tourists, were killed. The two are also the prime suspects in the Jakarta JW Marriott Hotel attacks in 2003 and the bombing outside the Australian Embassy in Jakartain September 2004.
* Two wanted fugitives are believed to be hiding in Kalimantan, Indonesia (Utusan Malaysia, May 26)
* Bomb threats against refineries from Azahari’s group: Police chief (Antara, May 25)