» 11/26/2009, 00.00
MALAYSIA - INDONESIA
The terrorist Noordin Top was planning an “bigger” attack than September 11
This is revealed by the Malaysian terrorist's computer files. He was preparing an al Qaeda cell based in Indonesia and had collected "men and means" to launch attacks "bigger than the World Trade Centre". Funds collected in Saudi Arabia to finance attacks.
Jakarta (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Noordin Muhammad Top, who died last September during a raid by Indonesian police, was setting up an al Qaeda cell to launch an attack "even more catastrophic than the Sept. 11" attack in New York. This is what emerges from the files on the computer of the Malaysian terrorist, found at his home in Solo (Central Java). He had already recruited fundamentalists and had organized a local fundraiser to finance the campaign of terror.
Indonesian police confirmed that the organization linked to Noordin had many supporters in the Malaysian extremist wing and could count on large sums of money. The death of the terrorist has only "slowed" the recruitment of volunteers for the jihad - holy war - but the threat remains "concrete".
The scientific findings of Noordin's computer revealed ties between the followers of the terrorist and unspecified "characters" in Saudi Arabia, dedicated to raising money to finance attacks. The sums were taken to Indonesia from Saudi Arabia by Ali Abdullah, the courier of the organization, arrested by police during the investigation into the attacks on the Marriot and Ritz Carlton, in Jakarta, on 17 July.
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