A reported gunfight in Guatemala between two rival drug gangs may have left Mexico’s most-wanted drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, dead. Guatemalan authorities are putting together a group of police and soldiers to begin searching the remote, rural area where the showdown is believed to have taken place. At this time the details are so limited that officials cannot confirm whether they have found any bodies or if a shootout even happened.
Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla said that the search of the area would begin at first light on Friday. ABC News reports that authorities will be looking in Guatemala’s Peten province. That province is near Mexican border.
Although government officials initially said that they were investigating if Guzman was one of two dead bodies found in the area, they are now saying the only information they have is that a battle may have taken place.
Government spokesman Francisco Cuevas first said that two gangs had fought in Peten but that other information still needed to be confirmed. “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. He then backtracked on those statements, saying that authorities hadn't yet found a body or the scene where reports said a shootout happened.
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A number of other officials have offered contradictory statements. Interior Department spokeswoman Carla Herrera said that one of the victims physically resembled Guzman and that the Mexican government had been asked to send copies of the drug lord’s fingerprints. In contrast, Herrera's boss, Lopez Bonilla, said that the only reports that there was a corpse that looked like Guzman came from local townspeople, not the government. “The fact is we don't have any of this information confirmed,” Lopez Bonilla said.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto also wasn’t saying much about Guzman’s status.
“I don't have any information that can confirm that,” he told reporters.
Source: (ABC News)