The son of notorious drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was arrested in Mexico Thursday amid gun battles between his supporters and security forces, a report said.
Masked men with high-powered weapons faced off with soldiers and took control of major streets as gunmen blocked entrances to the city with burning vehicles.
Mexico’s security minister, Alfonso Durazo, said a patrol of National Guard militarised police came under heavy fire from within the house where Mr Guzmán was being held, forcing them to retreat for their own safety.
Mr Guzmán was arrested but later released, “to avoid more violence in the area and preserve the lives of our personnel and recover calm in the city”, Mr Durazo said.
Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he would hold a meeting of his security cabinet to discuss the incident.
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BREAKING NEWS: The son of notorious kingpin El Chapo is set free hours after an arrest in the capital of Mexico's Sinaloa State. Nonstop gun battles rage as chaos erupts across the city. pic.twitter.com/wqVxQjQznv
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