Dulmatin, a senior member of Jemaah Islamiyah, the armed Islamic terror group, was killed in a police raid at a Jakarta internet cafe. The US had a $10 million bounty on his head. Jemaah Islamiyah also appears to be renaming/remaking itself as al Qaeda in Indonesia.
Police had been tracking this terrorist for weeks.
Tuesday's raids, which came just a day before President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was to address the Australian parliament, set forensics experts scrambling to quickly confirm the Jemaah Islamiah leader's identity.Dulmatin was the bomb maker in the deadly Bali bombing, which killed 202 people, including 88 Australians. He was also known to have ties with Abu Sayyaf.
Indonesian National Police Chief Bambang Hendarso Danuri said officers worked through Tuesday night to perform visual and DNA-based matches on Dulmatin's body after his shooting in a Jakarta internet cafe.
General Danuri said the news was conveyed to Dr Yudhoyono in Canberra about 2pm AEDT yesterday, enabling the President to announce minutes later to a parliamentary lunch in his honour that Dulmatin was dead.
It was the first official confirmation the regional terror leader had been killed.
Separately, two other terrorists were killed in police raids. Two others were captured.