Officials say a heavily armed group has ambushed and killed eight Guatemalan police officers in a township about 120 miles (190 kilometers) west of the capital, Guatemala City.

Cecilio Chacaj of the municipal firefighters department says the victims had multiple gunshot wounds and that one died in the hospital after the Thursday night attack. The bodies of the others were found in the police station.

Deputy Interior Minister Eddy Juarez confirmed late Thursday that deputy police inspector Cesar Augusto Garcia was kidnapped in the attack.

President Otto Perez said Friday that the attackers were part of a band of drug traffickers.