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Extremist leader arrested in Manila

MANILA — Philippine security forces on Wednesday captured a top Filipino commander of the Abu Sayyaf extremist group who is on a US list of most-wanted terrorists and has acknowledged receiving Al Qaeda funds to finance bombings in the country.

Khair Mundos did not resist when army troops and police arrested him in a slum near Manila’s international airport. It was not clear why he was in the capital.

The military and police have been hunting him for his alleged involvement in bombings and kidnappings.

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Mundos’s arrest deals a major blow to the Abu Sayyaf, where he was a top commander, military intelligence chief Major General Eduardo Ano said.