Saturday, 9 January 2016

World's most-wanted drug lord, El Chapoi, pictured after being caught in shootout at Mexican hideaway

Mexican notorious drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Loera has been recaptured six months after his spectacular escape from a Mexican maximum security prison. Mexican marines captured the drug lord during a raid in the town of Los Mochis, located in the kingpin's home state of Sinaloa. 

Five cartel gangsters were killed and another six were arrested in the raid, while one Mexican marine sustained non-life-threatening injuries. A vast arsenal of weapons was siezed, including rocket launchers, machine guns and armored vehicles. 

El Chapo had earlier escaped from a nearby house which came under fire from marines as the net closed on the cartel leader, Mexican officials revealed.

Mexican police say the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Marshals aided in El Chapo's recapture. It is not yet clear whether El Chapo will be extradited to the US, but he was seen being bundled on to a plane by security officials on Friday afternoon.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto wrote on his Twitter account on Friday: 'Mission accomplished: We have him.' 

The raid also ended in the capture of El Chapo's right-hand man 'El Cholo', a hitman who was also on the run, having escaped from prison in 2009.

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