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World Fierce gun battle rocks El Chapo's bastion in Mexico

05:55  18 october  2019
05:55  18 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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" El Chapo ," 62, was sentenced to life in prison in July for trafficking hundreds of tons of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana into the United States over the course of a quarter-century. However, his Sinaloa cartel remains one of the most powerful in Mexico . Guzman' s extradition unleashed an

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a fire truck driving down a street: Trucks burn in Culiacan, capital of jailed Mexican druglord Joaquin © STR Trucks burn in Culiacan, capital of jailed Mexican druglord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's home state of Sinaloa, on October 17, 2019

Heavily armed gunmen in four-by-four trucks fought an intense battle with Mexican security forces Thursday in the city of Culiacan, capital of jailed kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's home state of Sinaloa.

Sustained, heavy gunfire rocked the western city of 750,000 people in a battle that left blazing vehicles strewn across the street and sent terrified residents running for shelter, said AFP journalists at the scene.

Images carried on Mexican television showed army and police forces under assault by gunmen armed with heavy machine guns.

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Mexican TV network Milenio said the shootout was triggered by the arrest of Ovidio Guzman, one of the sons of "El Chapo," who have assumed control of part of the cartel since their father was extradited to the United States in 2017.

a group of people walking down the street: Armed gunmen are seen in a street of Culiacan, capital of jailed Mexican druglord Joaquin © STR Armed gunmen are seen in a street of Culiacan, capital of jailed Mexican druglord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's home state of Sinaloa, on October 17, 2019

Other media reports said one of Guzman's sons had been killed.

Authorities did not immediately confirm or deny either report.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said in a brief comment to journalists that his security cabinet was holding a meeting and would give details on the situation later.

Sources in the Sinaloa state government speaking on condition of anonymity said police officers had been wounded, but did not have a detailed toll.

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They also said an unknown number of inmates had escaped from the Aguaruto prison in Culiacan amid the chaos.

The state government said in a statement that it was "working to restore calm and order in the face of the high-impact incidents that have occurred in recent hours in various points around Culiacan."

It called on residents to "remain calm, stay off the streets and be very attentive to official advisories on the evolving situation."

The battle broke out in the afternoon near the state prosecutor's office, when masked gunmen blocked traffic and opened fire, causing panicked drivers to abandon their cars in the middle of the street.

The fighting then spread to several other parts of the city.

Gunmen blocked roads and highways around the city into the evening, bringing the capital to a standstill.

- Drug-fueled violence -

"El Chapo," 62, was sentenced to life in prison in July for trafficking hundreds of tons of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana into the United States over the course of a quarter-century.

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Fierce gun battle rocks ' Chapo ' Guzman' s bastion in Mexico : AFP.

However, his Sinaloa cartel remains one of the most powerful in Mexico.

Guzman's extradition unleashed an initial period of instability in the group, as his sons waged war with his cartel co-founder, Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, for control, leaving a trail of bodies in their wake.

But the situation has since stabilized into a reluctant truce.

Guzman, whose nickname means "Shorty," was rearrested in 2016 after a brazen prison escape -- the second of his career.

He is considered the most powerful drug lord since Colombia's Pablo Escobar, who was killed in a police shootout in 1993.

After being convicted in a New York court, he is now serving his sentence in the notorious ADX federal maximum security prison in Colorado, nicknamed the "Alcatraz of the Rockies."

Ovidio and his brother Alfredo have tried to fill their father's shoes, but anti-narcotics experts portray them as flashy party boys who have little ability to run the business side of the cartel.

Known as "Los Chapitos," or The Little Chapos, the pair were attacked in 2016 in a restaurant in the beach town of Puerto Vallarta.

They survived the attack, which the authorities called an attempted hit by rivals.

Mexican town turned to war zone fears new era of narco violence .
There is no telling when the narco violence that terrorized the Mexican city last week could return. People in Culiacan are used to living alongside drug traffickers. It is, after all, the state capital of Sinaloa, home to the powerful drug cartel of the same name and its jailed kingpin, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

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