Culiacan sieged by cartel after son of ‘El Chapo’ is captured

Armed males took hostages, burned autos and stormed an airport in northern Mexico on Thursday after federal forces captured Ovidio Guzmán, one of many world’s most wished cartel leaders and the son of drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

The drug boss was arrested early Thursday within the metropolis of Culiacan, a stronghold of Guzmán’s Sinaloa cartel, and was later flown to Mexico Metropolis, in response to Mexican Secretary of Protection Luis Crescencio Sandoval González.

Officers canceled flights, suspended faculty and ordered residents to shelter in place as movies circulated on social media exhibiting roads blockaded by burning autos and gunfire erupting on the tarmac of the Culiacan airport. One native journalist, Marcos Vizcarra, stated he had been successfully taken hostage together with different civilians in a resort, their vehicles confiscated by armed gunmen to be incinerated within the streets.

The dramatic cartel response was eerily just like a bloody siege on Culiacan in 2019, the final time federal forces sought to seize 32-year-old Ovidio Guzmán.

Automobiles burn in Culiacan, Mexico, on Oct. 17, 2019, after the arrest of the son of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán there. The same scene was enjoying out Thursday as Ovidio Guzmán was reportedly arrested a second time in Culiacan.

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In 2019, federal forces raided an opulent Culiacan compound and subdued Ovidio Guzmán, who has helped lead the Sinaloa cartel since his father was sentenced to life in jail in the USA.

However as Mexican nationwide guard members have been trying to take him into custody, a whole lot of Sinaloa fighters seized management of the town, taking hostages, blocking intersections with burning autos and laying siege to a housing complicated for the households of navy personnel. Eight individuals have been killed. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador ultimately ordered Guzmán’s launch to keep away from extra bloodshed.

Many Mexicans and U.S. regulation enforcement personnel have been livid in regards to the bungled operation, which they stated humiliated federal forces and despatched a harmful message to prison teams.

The recapture of Guzmán comes days earlier than a scheduled go to to Mexico by President Biden. Some in Mexico speculated that it was timed to please the People, who’ve grumbled in regards to the Mexican president’s crime-fighting technique and specifically his effort to defend a former protection minister charged by U.S. officers with collaborating with organized crime.

Former President Vicente Fox, a significant critic of López Obrador, speculated in a tweet that “Ovidio will be the gift for Biden.”

George Israel, a professor on the Nationwide Autonomous College of Mexico, stated López Obrador was “cleaning the house before Biden arrives, gift in hand with bow and all.”

In the meantime, the scenario on the bottom in Culiacan appeared removed from contained.

After movies circulated exhibiting gunfire on the airport, Aeromexico, the nation’s largest airline, stated one among its planes was attacked however stated there had been no accidents.

Rubén Rocha Moya, the governor of Sinaloa state, referred to as on residents “to remain calm and take shelter in their homes.”

Cecilia Sánchez in The Occasions’ Mexico Metropolis bureau contributed to this report.