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17-Sep-2009  
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Indonesian police stormed a suspected terrorist hideout in central Java, the National Police said Thursday.

Four people were killed and three others were arrested in the raid by a special anti-terror unit, according to police spokesman Nanan Soekarma. The operation took place in the Kepoksari neighborhood of Surakarta.

The dead were taken to a hospital for identification by a forensic team. "We found several guns, some grenades and eight bags of explosive materials," Soekarma said. A handful of suspects have been on the run since July's twin suicide bombings at the Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.

Police think the attacks were staged by members of a splinter group of the militant organization Jemaah Islamiyah, which has ties to al Qaeda.

Soekarma said Thursday's raid was on those suspected of having direct or indirect links to the bombings, possibly including suspects with ties to the nation's most-wanted terror suspect, Noordin Top.

Police have hunted for Noordin for years, accusing him of involvement in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombing and attacks on the same Marriott hotel in Jakarta in 2003 and the Australian embassy in 2004.

Authorities initially thought Noordin was killed during an 18-hour raid by police last month in central Java, but DNA evidence showed it was someone else
 
 
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