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Family of ex-Honduras security chief rescued

July 25, 2013

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduran police say four relatives of a former security minister have been rescued from kidnappers.

Police say in a statement that the kidnappers requested a $15,000 ransom for family members of Oscar Alvarez, who was security minister until 2011.

Thursday’s statement said the former minister’s cousin, Genesis Alvarez, was kidnapped with his three children in San Pedro Sula. They were held eight hours in a hotel before being freed by police, the statement said.

Two kidnappers were arrested and three fled.

Oscar Alvarez’s was replaced by President Porfirio Lobo for management problems. Alvarez said he was let go for trying to clean up police corruption, calling some officers the air traffic controllers for drug traffickers.

Honduras is a popular landing point for clandestine planes carrying cocaine from South America.

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