Honduran police on Wednesday rescued five people, including three children and their mother, who had been kidnapped some hours earlier in the northern city of San Pedro Sula, police said.

A spokesman for the National Police told reporters that personnel with the Special Anti-kidnapping Group participated in the rescue of Genesis Alvarez, her three children - 2, 4 and 5 years old - and an employee of the family.

The spokesman said, without providing further details, that the five people were abducted early Wednesday in the Prado Alto neighborhood.

The source went on to say that the National Police captured at a hotel two men presumed to be members of a criminal band that had demanded 300,000 lempiras (about $15,000) in ransom for the hostages.

Alvarez is a cousin of former Security Minister Oscar Alvarez, the same source said. EFE