Two soldiers and two civil servants were killed by armed robbers in the eastern town of El Chaparral, the head of the Honduran national police said Friday.

Army Sgts. Gerardo Sanchez and Henry Oseguera were escorting two employees of the state-owned National Bank for Agricultural Development, Fredy Martinez and Encarnacion Murillo, on a delivery of 7 million lempiras ($354,000) to a bank branch in the Trojas, Harold Espinoza told reporters.

The group was attacked en route by armed men, he said.

The assailants disarmed the soldiers before shooting them and the bank employees and taking off with the cash, Espinoza said.

A recent U.N. report based on figures from 2011 puts Honduras' homicide rate at 92 per every 100,000 inhabitants, one of the highest in the world.

The country currently experiences an average of 15 murders a day, according to statistics from the police and human rights organizations. EFE