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By Olivia Rondonuwu
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian police said on Friday they had shot dead two suspected militants, wanted for their role in deadly hotel attacks in Jakarta in July, during a raid on the outskirts of the capital that uncovered a number of bombs.
The two are suspected to be Syaifudin Djaelani, accused of recruiting the suicide bombers who blew themselves up at the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton on July 17, and his brother, Mohamad Syahrir, national police spokesman Nanan Soekarna said.
The suspected militants were shot during the raid by officers from the elite anti-terrorism unit Detachment 88.
"Two suspects were caught and shot at the site because they used a bomb to attack our officers," Soekarna told a news conference, adding that seven more small bombs had been found in the house.
Forensic tests to confirm the identity of the two men were being carried out and results should be released on Monday, he said.
The raid had resulted from a tip off from a man arrested in Bekasi near Jakarta on Friday morning, he added.
Police had earlier cordoned off the site of Friday's raid on a rented house near the Syarif Hidayatullah Islamic University on the southern outskirts of Jakarta at Ciputat in Tangerang.
Witnesses reported hearing gunfire and explosions during the raid and later two yellow body bags were carried to an ambulance, one with blood on it.
Police have conducted a series of raids since the July bombings, culminating in the shooting dead last month of Malaysian-born Islamist militant Noordin Mohammad Top, the suspected mastermind behind the attacks.
Top, who set up a violent splinter group of regional militant network Jemaah Islamiah, was blamed for attacks in Bali and Jakarta that killed scores of Westerners and Indonesians.
Indonesia, Southeast Asia's biggest economy and the world's most populous majority Muslim country, had been under intense domestic and international pressure to capture or kill Top.
(Additional reporting by Telly Nathalia and Retno Palupi; Writing by Ed Davies; Editing by Alex Richardson)

Reuters