A Nicaraguan rebel leader was killed by machine-gun fire as he drove along a highway west of the Honduran capital, police said Saturday.

The body of Manuel Adan Rugama Acevedo, 39, also known as "Commander Aureliano", was riddled with 26 Uzi machine gun bullet wounds, police officials said.Rugama apparently was alone when he shot as he drove along a highway west of Tegucigalpa. Officers later found his body on the street, outside the vehicle he was driving to a friend's home to attend a birthday party.

They said they had no more details about the killing.