JAKARTA, Indonesia, AP – Video footage seized in a raid on the hideout of Southeast Asia’s terror chief gives step-by-step instructions on how to assemble bombs, police said Tuesday, raising concerns that al-Qaida linked militants were planning an attack.
Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Anton Bachrul Alam also said a small explosive found in a backpack — almost identical to the bombs used in last year’s triple suicide blasts on Bali island — was “ready for use.”
The discoveries followed a pre-dawn raid Saturday on the hideout of Noordin Top, believed to be a key leader of the Jemaah Islamiyah terror network.
Bachrul Alam said police believe Noordin had been at the location that day, but was gone when they launched the operation, in which two of his associates were killed and two others arrested.
The video footage was recovered from a computer found at the site in the town of Wonosobo, Central Java, along with explosives, detonators, guns and ammunition.
Investigators are still “studying the content, which includes among other things, techniques on how to assemble bombs from small to large,” Bachrul Alam said.
Police also are searching for a man said to be traveling with Noordin, but they declined to release his name.
Jemaah Islamiyah is blamed for at least four bombings in Indonesia in recent years, including the 2002 attacks on Bali that left 202 dead, strikes in Jakarta in 2003 and 2004 that together killed 21, and last year’s Bali attacks that claimed 20 lives.