'El Chapo' killed in Guatemala shootout?
Feb 21, 2013 / 9:04 pm
Guatemalan authorities said they are investigating whether a man killed Thursday in a shootout near the border with Mexico is most-wanted drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.
Government spokesman Francisco Cuevas said two drug gangs clashed in Peten, an area that has seen an increase in drug violence. At least two men died in the shootout, he said.
"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 told Guatevision Television.
He didn't say what led officials to think that one of the dead men might be Guzman.
But Interior Department spokeswoman Carla Herrera told The Associated Press 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.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said late Thursday that he had no information on the case.
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