LIMA, Peru (AP) _ The top commander of one of Latin America's most violent rebel movements was captured today, Peru's president announced.

Shining Path guerrilla leader Oscar Ramirez Durand was detained early this morning as he tried to escape through a rugged highland region, President Alberto Fujimori said.

More than a thousand army commandos had been in pursuit of Ramirez Durand, 46, who had been the last leader still at large from the violent Maoist group.