Hotel bomb suspect hunt triggers gunfight

Indonesian security forces hunting for a suspected al Qaeda-linked militant bomb-maker accused of masterminding last month’s suicide attacks against two luxury hotels in Jakarta were locked in a gun battle Friday, according to police. A police spokesman confirmed to CNN that members of Indonesia’s elite Detachment 88 anti-terror unit were engaged in a firefight following a raid on a house in Temanggung, central Java, 500 kilometers southeast of Jakarta. But the spokesman would not confirm local media reports suggesting that Noordin Top — the suspected leader of a splinter faction of the al Qaeda-linked militant group Jemaah Islamiyah — or any of his associates had been arrested