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Mexico City: The latest on Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman who was recaptured six months after he escaped from a maximum security prison:

el chapoU.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is calling the recapture of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman "a victory for the citizens of both Mexico and the United States, and a vindication of the rule of law in our countries."

In a statement, Lynch said Guzman "will now have to answer for his alleged crimes" and congratulated Mexico's government but did not directly address the sticky issue of extradition.

Guzman faces charges in multiple different jurisdictions across the United States. His escape six months ago from a maximum security prison in Mexico was a point of friction between the two governments. The U.S. has sought his extradition, though Mexico in the past has said he would serve sentences here first.

Captured at motel

A Mexican law enforcement official confirms that drug lorg Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was captured at a motel on the outskirts of Los Mochis in his home state of Sinaloa. The official was not authorized to talk to the press and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Mexico's Navy earlier said that marines seized an arsenal of weapons belonging to Guzman and his associates in a house in Los Mochis. — Mark Stevenson

DEA extremely pleased

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says it is "extremely pleased" by the recapture of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

On its Twitter account, the DEA congratulated Mexico's government on nabbing Guzman, who escaped from a maximum-security prison six months ago, and said it salutes "the bravery involved in his capture."

Guzman was apprehended after a shootout with Mexican marines in the city of Los Mochis, in Guzman's home state of Sinaloa.

Extradition?

The Justice Department has no immediate comment on whether it will push to extradite Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the United States, where he faces charges in multiple different jurisdictions across the country.

Guzman's escape six months ago from a maximum security prison was a point of friction between the governments of the two countries. The U.S. had desired his extradition and his recapture Friday is sure to reopen the issue.

"Even searched storm drains"

A Mexican law enforcement official says authorities located Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman several days ago, based on reports that he was in Los Mochis, Sinaloa.

The official says that authorities even searched storm drains in the area. The official was not authorized to talk to the press and spoke on condition of anonymity.

In 2014, Guzman escaped arrest by fleeing through a network of interconnected tunnels in the city's drainage system in the Sinaloa state capital of Culiacan. — Mark Stevenson

Fearsome arsenal

Mexico's Navy says that marines seized two armored vehicles, eight rifles, one handgun and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher in the raid that captured fugitive drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

Photos of the arms seized suggested that Guzman and his associates had a fearsome arsenal in a non-descript white house.

Two of the rifles seized were .50-caliber sniper guns, capable of penetrating most bullet-proof vests and cars. The grenade launcher was found loaded, with an extra round nearby. And an assault rifle had a .40 mm grenade launcher, and at least one grenade.

5 killed, 1 wounded in clash to capture 'El Chapo'

An official says that fugitive drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was apprehended after a shootout with Mexican marines in the city of Los Mochis, in his home state of Sinaloa. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to be quoted by name.

Five people were killed and one Mexican marine wounded in the clash.

The Mexican Navy said in a statement that marines acting on a tip raided a home in the town of Los Mochis before dawn. They were fired on from inside the structure. Five suspects were killed and six others arrested.

AP

First Published On : Jan 9, 2016 03:11 IST

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