A shootout between the police and the Sinaloa drug cartel
was reported in North Mexico following the arrest of Ovidio Guzmán López, the
son of the jailed drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.
Footage of the incident showed heavily armed men engaging the
police in a fierce shootout. Members of the drug cartel also barricaded streets
and fired at vehicles in the city of Culiacán.
The fighting is reported to have lasted for several hours
before López was released. Alfonso Durazo, Mexico’s security minister, said Mr.
Lopez was freed “to avoid more violence in the area and preserve the lives
of our personnel and recover calm in the city.”
The police were reportedly on a routine patrol when they
found Mr. Lopez, who is accused of drug trafficking in the US, in a house in
The cartel launched a heavy attack against the police in an
attempt to seize López back from the authorities.
Meanwhile, the Sinaloa state government said an unknown
number of inmates had escaped from the Aguaruto prison as the clashes spread
across the city.
It is unclear if anyone was killed in the attack, but
several officers are reported to have sustained gunshot wounds.
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