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Indonesian police target wanted Islamic militant in raid

Indonesian counterterrorism forces stormed an internet cafe and a nearby house on the outskirts of Jakarta Tuesday, killing three suspected terrorists and arresting two others.

Counterterrorism officials said the target had been one of the region’s most-wanted Islamic militants, Dulmatin, a senior operative for the Southeast Asian terror network Jemaah Islamiyah, which has links to Al Qaeda.

A police spokesman, however, said they could not confirm the suspect’s identity until an autopsy had been completed.

‘‘It could be one or two more days,’’ said Edward Aritonang, the police spokesman.

Tuesday’s raids came just one week before U.S. President Barack Obama was due to arrive in Jakarta for a two-day visit. Obama had spent four years living in Jakarta as a boy with his mother and Indonesian step-father.

Police said they had been tipped off about Dulmatin by evidence gathered from 16 men arrested during a separate raid in Aceh in late February and a subsequent manhunt.

The raid in Aceh sparked a nationwide search for Islamic militants that culminated in the shootout on Tuesday. Police also said they had arrested two men Monday suspected of supplying arms to the Aceh group.

If police confirm the suspect to be Dulmatin, it would be a major victory in the region’s fight against terrorist networks. Dulmatin, a master bomb-maker and electronics expert, is believed to be one of the masterminds of the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings that killed 202 people, mostly foreign tourists.

Terrorism experts said he fled to the Philippines in 2003, where he joined the Islamist separatist group, Abu Sayyaf.

The United States government has offered a $10 million reward for Dulmatin’s capture.

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