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Jakarta bombers confirmed killed

INDONESIAN police said yesterday that forensic tests had confirmed that two brothers accused of having a key role in deadly bombings on two luxury Jakarta hotels in July were killed in a raid last week.
The deaths of the two men - Syaifudin Djaelani, accused of recruiting the bombers who blew themselves up at the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton on July 17, and Mohamad Syahrir - marks further success in dismantling the militant network suspected of planning the attacks.
The two were killed during a raid near the capital last Friday after police had been tipped off by another relative who was captured earlier, national police spokesman Nanan Soekarna said.
"Actually our instructions and our commitment as police were that we very much wanted to catch them alive. However, in the field, that was not possible," he added, noting that officers had been attacked by pipebombs the men had in their safe house.
Police have conducted a series of raids since the July bombings, culminating in the shooting dead last month of Malaysian-born Islamist militant Noordin Mohammad Top, the suspected mastermind behind the attacks.
Top, who set up a violent splinter group of militant network Jemaah Islamiah, was blamed for attacks in Bali and Jakarta that killed scores of Westerners and Indonesians.
Police spokesman Soekarna said authorities believed that they had got all the main players in the hotels attacks after capturing or killing 21 people linked to the bombings.
Analysts said it was unfortunate Djaelani and Syahrir, both believed to be key aides of Top, could not have been captured alive during Friday's raid to gain intelligence.


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