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At least 29 killed after capture of ‘El Chapo’s’ son sparks violence in Mexico

After hours of gunfire and violent clashes, at least 29 Mexicans were killed. This was in the aftermath of the capture of Joaquin “El Chapo”, Guzman’s sons.

According to Luis Cresencio Sandoval, Mexico’s defense minister Luis Cresencio Sandoval on Friday, nineteen suspected gang members were killed and 10 military personnel were injured in an violence wave.

Details of the violence that took place on Thursday were provided by Mr Sandoval. He stated that cartel gunmen opened fire upon troops using.50 caliber machines guns.

He said that the army had called in Blackhawk helicopter gunships for an attack on a convoy of 25 cartel vehicle.


Guzman, a drug cartel boss, is being sought by the US for drug trafficking charges. He was taken by helicopter from his house in Sinaloa, in the northern part of Sinaloa, Mr Sandoval said.

Guzman (32 years old) was taken to a federal maximum security prison. 21 others were also arrested during the operation by the Mexican security forces.

After the arrest, social media footage showed heavy fighting in Culiacan. Residents posted videos of gunmen driving pickup trucks and SUVs down city boulevards.

Image After Ovidio Guzman, a drug lord, was captured in Culiacan Sinaloa

Guzman was not arrested by the US forces

Guzman has been wanted extradited by the US for many years.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador stated that there are no plans to immediately extradite Guzman from the US. His father is currently in a maximum security prison.

He said that Guzman was not captured by the US forces.

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Gunfights following ‘El Chapo’son arrest

Guzman, also known as “The Mouse”, was charged with conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana into the United States.

The State Department announced in 2021 a $5 million reward to anyone who leads to his arrest or conviction.

Image: Ovidio Guzman was briefly taken by the Mexican military police in 2019 Pic: Mexican Government TV/Reuters

Guzman’s arrest is a ‘gift’ for the US

Just days before Joe Biden’s visit, the Mexican government seized the highly-publicized cartel figure.

Samuel Gonzalez, the founder of Mexico’s special prosecutor’s office for organized crimes in the 1990s, stated that Guzman’s capture was a gift ahead of Biden’s visit.

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He said that the Mexican government was working to ensure a peaceful visit.

The bungled October 2019 arrest of Guzman by authorities embarrassed the government. It also highlighted the difficulties in cracking down against cartels that control large swathes of Mexico.

After gunmen had attacked the city with high-powered guns, Mr Obrador ordered that the military let him go.


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