MEXICO CITY, Mexico. Druglord Joaquin Guzman ‘El Chapo’ recaptured
The latest on Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman who was recaptured six months after he escaped from a maximum security prison:
An official tells AP reporter Mark Stevenson that fugitive drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was recaptured after a shootout with Mexican marines in the city of Los Mochis, in his home state of Sinaloa. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to be quoted by name.
Five people were killed and one Mexican marine wounded in the clash. The Mexican Navy said in a statement that marines acting on a tip raided a home in the town of Los Mochis before dawn. They were fired on from inside the structure. Five suspects were killed and six others arrested.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has written in his Twitter account that fugitive drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been recaptured six months after he escaped from a maximum security prison.
Pena Nieto wrote in his Twitter account on Friday: “mission accomplished: we have him.”
A city block in the northern farming town was blocked off by Mexican marines in pickup trucks, Reuters TV images showed. Manhole covers were open along the leafy street.
Residents were awoken by the sound of gunfire and explosions at 3:30 a.m. (0930 GMT), said a local witness, who declined to be named.
One photograph widely circulated on social media, but that could not be independently verified by Reuters, appeared to show Guzman sitting on a bed in handcuffs, wearing a grimy vest and with a poster of a scantily clad woman on the wall behind him.
Another photo appeared to show Guzman without handcuffs and wearing the same vest in the back of vehicle next to one of his top assassins.
Guzman now faces the prospect of extradition to the United States. After coming under fire for failing to do so the last time, Mexico’s Attorney General’s office said in July it had approved an order to extradite him north of the border.