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Militant killed in raid probably not Indonesian terrorist leader

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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 jihad. 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.

Speaking anonymously to Agence France-Presse on Monday, a police source said the man killed in Friday's raid in Temanggung, Central Java, is definitely not Noordin.

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