Communist rebel leader captured in Philippines

Associated Press Modified: October 6, 2012 at 5:16 am •  Published: October 6, 2012
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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine troops have captured a senior communist rebel leader who had received military training in Libya and had a $135,000 bounty for his arrest, a military spokesman said Saturday.

New People's Army regional chief Benjamin Mendoza and three other suspected insurgents were arrested in the early hours of Saturday outside their hideout in suburban Quezon City, said Col. Generoso Bolina.

Mendoza is a member of the central committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines and also heads a regional party group south of Manila, Bolina said.

One of the other suspects, Josephine Mendoza, is an executive committee member of the regional party group. It was not immediately clear how she is related to the rebel leader, Bolina said.

He said Mendoza underwent commando, heavy weapons, bomb-making and sniper training in Libya in the early 1980s.

Mendoza planned several successful raids and ambushes against soldiers and police, Bolina said. In one raid, guerrillas freed nine detained rebels from a jail in Batangas province south of Manila, he said.

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