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Weekend Reads Cartel gunmen chase away security forces, free El Chapo's son

10:50  18 october  2019
10:50  18 october  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Heavily armed cartel fighters surrounded security forces and made them free one of drug lord Joaquin ' El Chapo ' Guzman' s sons , whose brief apprehension A burning bus, set alight by cartel gunmen to block a road, is pictured during clashes with federal forces following the detention of Ovidio Guzman

Security forces have not, however, confirmed that the confrontation was a direct result of the capture of El Culiacan, home to El Chapo ' s Sinaloa cartel , witnessed hours of gunfire and chaos, during which In videos posted on social media, cartel gunmen were shown roaming the city in trucks with

In this AFPTV screen grab armed gunmen take position in a street of Culiacan, capital of jailed kingpin Joaquin In this AFPTV screen grab armed gunmen take position in a street of Culiacan, capital of jailed kingpin 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 against Mexican security forces Thursday in the city of Culiacan, capital of jailed kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's home state of Sinaloa. (Photo by STR / AFP) (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)

Heavily armed cartel fighters surrounded security forces and made them free one of drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman's sons, whose brief apprehension triggered intense gunbattles across the city of Culiacan.

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A burning bus, set alight by cartel gunmen to block a road, is pictured during clashes with federal forces following the detention of Ovidio Guzman, son of drug kingpin Joaquin " El Chapo " Guzman, in Culiacan, Sinaloa state, Mexico October 17, 2019 © Reuters / Jesus Bustamante. Follow RT on.

According to multiple reports, El Chapo ' s son Ovidio Guzmán López has been taken into custody in the Mexican city of Culiacán and masked gunmen are now trading fire with Mexican security forces . Ovidio is said to be an active member of El Chapo ' s Sinaloa Cartel . He' s reportedly facing charges in

Security Minister Alfonso Durazo said a patrol by National Guard militarized police first came under attack from within a house in the city, 600 km (370 miles) northwest of Mexico City.

After entering the house, they found four men including Ovidio Guzman, who is accused of drug trafficking in the United States.

The patrol was quickly overpowered by cartel gunmen, however, and the decision was taken to withdraw to protect the lives of the National Guard and restore calm in the city, where gangsters had set up roadblocks and were unleashing heavy automatic gunfire, Durazo said.

"The decision was taken to retreat from the house, without Guzman to try to avoid more violence in the area and preserve the lives of our personnel and recover calm in the city," Durazo said.

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THE son of notorious drug lord El Chapo was released by Mexico' s security forces last night after his arrest triggered an all-out cartel war. Cartel gunmen swarmed onto the streets, battling police and soldiers in broad daylight. Several vehicles were torched or riddled with bullets and a petrol station

‘ El Chapo ’ Guzman is escorted by soldiers in Mexico City in 2016. Photograph: Henry Romero/Reuters. Intense fighting has erupted in the Mexican city of Culiacán, where masked gunmen threw up burning barricades and traded gunfire with security forces amid rumours that one

The chaotic scenes in Culiacan, long a stronghold for the Guzmans' Sinaloa cartel, will increase pressure on President Lopez Obrador, who took office in December promising to pacify a country weary after more than a decade of drug-war fighting. Murders this year are set to be at a record high.

The scenes in Sinaloa follow the massacre of more than a dozen police in western Mexico earlier this week, and the killing of 14 suspected gangsters by the army a day later.

'El Chapo' Guzman led the Sinaloa cartel for decades, escaping from prison twice before being arrested and extradited to the United States. He was found guilty in a U.S. court in February of smuggling tons of drugs and sentenced to life in prison.

He is believed to have about 12 children including Ovidio. The U.S. Department of Justice unveiled an indictment against Ovidio and another of the brothers in February, charging them with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana in the United States.

The indictment gave Ovidio's age as 28, and said he had been involved in trafficking conspiracies since he was a teenager.

(Additional reporting by Stefanie Eschenbacher; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel, Clarence Fernandez and Lincoln Feast)

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