​El Chapo Drug Lord Killed In Guatemala During Gun Battle​​

By: | 02/22/2013 09:06 PM ET

El Chapo Killed - Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been killed in shootout , but Guatemalan officials say the reports may be premature because there is no confirmation of the drug lord’s body.

Guatemalan authorities are mobilizing security forces to scour a remote, rural area where residents reported a gun battle between drug gangs and said one of the dead resembled the Mexican most-wanted drug lord.

But officials stressed that they had not yet found any bodies or even confirmed a shootout happened.

Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla said that police and soldiers would begin searching on foot and in the air at first light Friday, looking for the scene of the reported gunfight in Peten province near the border with Mexico.

Authorities initially said that they were investigating whether Guzman was one of at least two men killed in the remote area, but hours later backtracked and said they had only received reports of a battle from local people.

Government spokesman Francisco Cuevas first told Guatevision Television that two drug gangs had clashed in Peten, an area that has seen an increase in drug violence, where at least two men had died in the shootout.

“We have to wait for all the technical information in order to determine if, in fact, one of the dead is of Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman,” Cuevas said.

Later, Cuevas told Mexico’s Televisa network that authorities hadn’t yet found a body or the scene where reports said a shootout took place.
He never said what led officials to think that one of the dead men might be Guzman.

But 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.

Guzman, who has been in hiding since escaping from a Mexican prison in a laundry cart in 2001, is one of the world’s most dangerous and most-wanted fugitives.