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El Chapo: Mexican Drug Lord 'Shot Dead'
The world's most powerful drug lord, Joaqu?'El Chapo' Guzman, has been killed in a gun battle between drug gangs, Guatemalan authorities suspect.
The 58-year-old head of the Sinaloa cartel is thought to have been among the bodies left after the shoot-out in a remote rural area of Peten, in Guatemala.
Residents who witnessed the clashes have told authorities that one of the two dead men resembled the Mexican drug baron.
Police and soldiers are to search the area in an attempt to locate the scene of the fight on the border with Mexico where drug violence has increased.
Joaqu?Archivaldo Guzman Loera, also known as 'Shorty Guzman' because of his 5ft6in height, is one of America's most wanted criminals.
He has been the most powerful drug lord since his rival was captured in 2003 and since 2009 has been named every year by Forbes as one of the world's most powerful people with an estimated fortune of $1bn.
Last week he was named Chicago's Public Enemy No 1, a name not given to any criminal since Al Capone.
JR Davis, president of the Chicago Crime Commission, said: "Not since the Chicago Crime Commission's first Public Enemy No. 1 has any criminal deserved this title more than Joaqu?Guzman."
Chicago is one of the Sinaloa's most important cities, both as a place to sell drugs but also as a hub to distribute them across the US.
The US sees him as such a threat that it has put a $5m reward for information leading to his capture.
The Drug Enforcement Agency believe he has surpassed the infamous drug lord of the 1980s, Pablo Escobar, in terms of both his notoriety and the scale of his operation.
He has been in hiding since escaping from a Mexican prison in a laundry cart in 2001.
Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla said that police and soldiers would begin searching the area on foot and in the air at first light today.
However, the authorities have stressed they had only received reports of the battle from local people.
Government spokesman Francisco Cuevas told Guatevision Television that two drug gangs had clashed in Peten.
"We have to wait for all the technical information in order to determine if, in fact, one of the dead is of Joaqu?'El Chapo'†Guzman," Cuevas said.
Interior Department spokeswoman Carla Herrera said that one of the victims physically resembled the drug lord.
She said officials had asked the Mexican government to send Guzman's fingerprints to compare them to the man found inside a vehicle and to send investigators.
Peten province is an isolated area of jungle and ranches where 27 ranch workers were massacred in 2011 by the Zetas drug gang, a top rival for Guzman's Sinaloa drug cartel.
what do you think?
Probably a double.put there so the authorities think hes dead thus allowing him to disappear.timing just seems too much of a coincidence considering it was only last week he was declared public enemy number 1.apparently he is one of the richest men in the world so im sure some plastic surgery and finger print alterations are not beyond his capabilities to throw the law off his scent. Or maybe ive just watched too much csi?!
Maybe us dea killed him
Its more like he was retired and then replaced by a less know lower profile face
Great!! Best news I've heard so far this year and I hope it was painful and slow. Now lets hope they all start killing more of themselves as they internally fight to take his place.
He prob wont b missed by 2 many low life got wat he deserved