Two amateur soccer players were killed when armed gunmen attacked the bus on which they were riding in eastern El Salvador, authorities said Monday.

One of the players, Dany Flores, died on the scene and the other, Irving Caceres, died of his wounds at the local hospital to which he was taken, while the rest of the 20-25 occupants of the vehicle - including a number of other soccer players - were uninjured.

The incident occurred on Sunday on the highway linking the towns of Conchagua and La Union, in the eastern province of La Union.

The soccer players on board the bus were returning to La Union when several masked men opened fire on the vehicle in a possible attempt to stop it and rob the passengers or worse, police said.

El Salvador's murder rate is 41.2 per 100,000 people, compared with a global median of fewer than 10 murders per 100,000 residents. EFE