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Mexico announces capture of fugitive drug lord ‘El Chapo’

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced Friday that fugitive drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán has been captured.

An official told the Associated Press that Guzmán was apprehended in his home state of Sinaloa in western Mexico after a shootout that killed five people, and injured one Marine.

According to a statement from the Navy, the Marines raided a home on the outskirts of Los Mochis around 4:30 a.m. after receiving a citizen complaint about armed men in the neighborhood. The firefight broke out after suspects began shooting from inside the building. In addition to the five casualties, six others were arrested. Also seized were two armored vehicles, eight rifles, and a rocket launcher, according to the statement. Mexican law enforcement officials, speaking anonymously, stated that Guzman was not injured during the shootout.

This was not Guzman’s first clash with law enforcement following his escape last summer, according to El Universal. In October, military forces conducted a series of raids in the mountains of Durango and Sinaloa. Guzman was supposedly badly wounded in his leg and face during these operations, but managed to avoid capture. Another skirmish in December resulted in the deaths of two soldiers and one suspect.

Guzmán escaped from a maximum security prison in July, through a hole under his cell that led to an elaborate tunnel. Twenty-three prison employees were arrested in the aftermath of that escape, which was his second. He had previously escaped from prison in 2001 by allegedly hiding in a laundry cart.

In a tweet Friday afternoon, Peña Nieta wrote in Spanish: “Mission accomplished: we have him. I want to inform you that Joaquín Guzmán Loera has been arrested.”

The Marines were responsible for Guzman’s previous arrest in Feb. 2014.

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