Police now doubt the man killed Saturday is Noordin Mohammed Top, who claims to be Indonesia's Al Qaeda leader and is accused of planning multiple bombings.
Indonesian authorities now doubt that the man killed in a Saturday raid on a suspected terror hideout was local militant leader Noordin Mohammed Top, who police said just days ago was the raid's sole casualty.
Some analysts worry that his possible survival, combined with the boldness of a foiled plot to assassinate Indonesia's president, may increase his stature as an icon of . Mr. Noordin is Southeast Asia's most wanted terrorist. He claims to be Al Qaeda's representative in the region, and police say he was behind the suicide bombings at the Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels in Jakarta July 17 that killed nine and wounded more than 50.
Doubts began to emerge shortly after the raid. On Saturday, Abdullah Hendropriyono, a former chief of the country's state intelligence agency, told a TV interviewer that he did not believe that Noordin had been killed, according to The Jakarta Post.