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Mexico: Culiacan residents take cover as cartel members open fire on police

Mexico, Culiacan
October 18, 2019 at 14:49 GMT +00:00 · Published

Gunfire broke out in the Mexican city of Culiacan on Thursday, as security forces patrolling the area came under fire from members of a drug cartel, soon after the capture of one of the sons of imprisoned drug kingpin Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman.

Footage shows people seeking cover inside a building, which appears to be an outlet of the US fast food chain Burger King, as an exchange of fire can be heard outside.

After hours of fires and gun battles taking place throughout the city, Mexican authorities withdrew and released Ovidio Guzman Lopez, to avoid further violence.

According to Mexican security chief Alfonso Durazo, the operation was called off to safeguard the tranquility of Culiacan, a stronghold of the Sinaloa cartel.

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Gunfire broke out in the Mexican city of Culiacan on Thursday, as security forces patrolling the area came under fire from members of a drug cartel, soon after the capture of one of the sons of imprisoned drug kingpin Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman.

Footage shows people seeking cover inside a building, which appears to be an outlet of the US fast food chain Burger King, as an exchange of fire can be heard outside.

After hours of fires and gun battles taking place throughout the city, Mexican authorities withdrew and released Ovidio Guzman Lopez, to avoid further violence.

According to Mexican security chief Alfonso Durazo, the operation was called off to safeguard the tranquility of Culiacan, a stronghold of the Sinaloa cartel.

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