Thursday 27 October 2016

Fugitive Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman recaptured

Published 08/01/2016 | 19:36

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman

Fugitive Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been recaptured seven months after he escaped from a maximum security prison.

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President Enrique Pena Nieto revealed the news in his Twitter account.

He wrote: "Mission accomplished: we have him."

An official said that Guzman was apprehended after a shootout with Mexican marines in the city of Los Mochis, in his home state of Sinaloa.

Five people were killed and one Mexican marine wounded in the clash.

The Mexican Navy said that marines acting on a tip-off 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.

The Mexican Navy said that marines seized two armoured vehicles, eight rifles, one handgun and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher in the raid.

Photos of the arms seized suggested that Guzman and his associates had a fearsome arsenal at the nondescript white house in which he was hiding.

Two of the rifles seized were .50-calibre sniper guns, capable of penetrating most bullet-proof vests and cars. The grenade launcher was found loaded, with an extra round nearby. And an assault rifle had a .40 mm grenade launcher, and at least one grenade.

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