Two Colombians, including an ex-professional soccer player, died in an armed attack by unknown assailants at a restaurant in the Guatemalan town of Malacatan on the Mexican border, officials said Saturday.

A spokesperson for the National Civil Police, or PNC, told reporters that the victims, identified as ex-professional soccer player Alex Montaño and Luis Henry Hurtado, were talking together in a restaurant when armed men burst in and shot them.

"Investigations are underway, but everything indicates that this was a planned attack," the sources said.

Hurtado died at the scene of the shooting while Montaño passed away as he was being admitted to a public hospital.

Malacatan is located on the coast of San Marcos province, some 290 kilometers (180 miles) west of the Guatemalan capital and across the border from southwestern Mexico.

In that area, according to authorities, international drug-trafficking rings operate, as do criminal groups engaged in arms and people smuggling.

Montaño, 38, had played as a midfielder with Juventud Retalteca, Municipal and Petapa, three squads of the National Soccer League of Guatemala.

The restaurant where the attack occurred is owned by another Colombian ex-soccer player, John Jairo Rivas, who was unhurt. EFE