Indonesian police have confirmed they have shot dead Noordin Muhammed Top, who has been called the mastermind of the Bali Bombings and the recent Jakarta bombings.

He was found in the town of Solo in central Java.

From the Associated Press website:

“The most dangerous terrorist in Southeast Asia has been put out of commission,” said Jim Della-Giacoma, Southeast Asia project director for the International Crisis Group think tank.

“It would have been better if police had managed to arrest him alive, but it appears that this was not an option,” he said. “Unfortunately, Noordin’s death does not mean an end to terrorism in Indonesia, though it has been dealt a significant blow.”