Police rescued a kidnapped 8-year-old boy safe and sound on Monday, killed one of his captors during the rescue operation and arrested six others, Guatemalan authorities said.

The boy's rescue came before dawn in Sanarate, a town in El Progreso province, some 90 kilometers (56 miles) northeast of the capital, an Interior Ministry spokeswoman told Efe.

"The officers fired at one of the kidnappers when he attempted to murder the (boy), whom they had hidden in a hole made in the yard of the residence where they were hiding," the spokeswoman said.

The boy was abducted Sunday afternoon by assailants who invaded a home in Sanarate, where they raped a woman and stole various items of value, including a farming vehicle. EFE