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Son of Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo' Guzman at center of shootout

Posted On: Oct 18, 2019   |   Posted By: WGN TV

Mexican security forces engaged in a prolonged shootout with heavily armed suspected cartel members in Sinaloa state Thursday, in an operation that ensnared a son of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
Mexican federal troops had initially detained Ovidio Guzman Lopez, 28, in the northern city of Culiacan, in what Mexico's State Security Secretary Cristoban Castanillo called a “federally-coordinated operation.”
But Security Minister Alfonso Durazo has told Reuters that he was later released, saying the decision was taken to protect lives.
Suspected members of the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel appeared to overpower the security forces during the shootout, who later suspended operations.
According to CNN affiliate ADN40, armored vehicles with military-grade machinery exchanged heavy artillery against federal troops in Culiacan, in the heart of Sinaloa.
The shootout forced many residents to flee in panic, others remained locked in their homes while outside, troops engaged in intense gun battles...

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