To Kill a Bombmaker

An Indonesian master bombmaker is killed by security forces

Azahari Husin's luck finally ran out. After three years on the run in Indonesia, the master bombmaker--who on several occasions slipped away just before police showed up--was killed last week when a U.S.-trained antiterrorism unit raided a house he had rented in the mountain resort town of Batu in East Java. Azahari, 48, responded to officers' calls for surrender by shooting and hurling 11 explosive charges. A four-hour standoff ended when police shot him before he could detonate the explosives vest he was wearing. His companion then set off a bomb that brought down the roof and ripped both men apart.


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