The leader of a group of former soldiers holding a Peruvian police station says they will hand in their weapons if their safety is guaranteed.

Retired army officer Antauro Humala made the offer Sunday after he said he spoke on the phone with his brother, fellow retired army officer Ollanta Humala.

Antauro Humala said his brother urged the ex-soldiers to lay down their arms.

This comes hours after the dissident soldiers - who are demanding the resignation of President Alejandro Toledo - killed four police officers in a shootout at the police station in the Andahuaylas region.

It is unclear if any of those officers were among the 10 that Mr. Humala and the armed ex-soldiers took hostage upon seizing the police station Saturday.

Some information provided by AFP, AP, Reuters.