Indonesian anti-terror forces today killed a man believed to be one of the most wanted Jemaah Islamiyah leaders, Dulmatin, during a raid on the outskirts of Jakarta, police said.
Gunfire was heard as police raided a two storey shop-house at around 1100 am (0400 GMT) in Pamulang city west of the capital, witnesses told local television.
Witnesses said they saw a body bag carried by an ambulance following the gunfight and two people were arrested.
Anti-terror police chief Tito Karnavian confirmed that the man killed was linked to a militant group in Aceh province in the north of the island of Sumatra.
"Yes he is the culprit, the one that sent people to Aceh. He's a big name," Karnavian told reporters without giving more details.
But a police source told AFP that the man was believed to be Dulmatin, one of the most wanted senior leaders of the Jemaah Islamiyah militant group. There was no official confirmation on the man's identity but police are due to hold a press conference late afternoon.
Dulmatin is accused of helping JI plan and carry out the 2002 Bali bombings, which killed 202 people on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, most of them foreign tourists.
Police said yesterday 16 terror suspects had been charged under anti-terrorism laws since a major raid late February on an extremist training facility in a remote region of Aceh.