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Shootout photos show bloody aftermath of drug lord El Chapo's capture

Crime WorldBy Eamon Dillon
Bodyguard shot in raid
Bodyguard shot in raid
Armed henchman is gunned down
Armed henchman is gunned down
Gansgter lies in a pool of blood
Gansgter lies in a pool of blood

These are the photographs that show the horrific aftermath of deadly gunfight just before the world’s most wanted drugs lord, Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, was captured.

The violent shootout left five of his heavily armed henchmen dead.

Mexican marines recaptured Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman in a raid on a house in the gangster’s home state of Sinaloa.

The grisly aftermath has been revealed in a series of photographs which show his dead bodyguards lying in pools of blood.

All were armed with M16 assault rifles, while armour-piercing 50-cal sniper rifles were also found in the bolthole. Marines seized two armoured vehicles, eight rifles, one handgun and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher.

The commandos appeared to have picked off the gangsters with lethal head-shots during a lengthy gun battle.

El Chapo had been the world’s most wanted mob boss since he escaped from a high-security prison six months ago through a 1.5 kilometre tunnel dug from inside his prison cell.

His escape caused embarrassment for the Mexican government amid suspicions Guzman had been helped by corrupt officials.

Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto announced the capture on his Twitter account: “Mission accomplished: we have him.”

Guzman’s recapture came after the shoot-out at a house in an upmarket area of Los Mochis, a seaside city in Sinaloa.

'El Chapo' in custody

The Mexican navy said that marines raided a home after receiving a tip about armed men there.

They were fired on from inside the house, sparking the gunfight in which five suspects were killed and six others arrested.

“You could hear intense gunfire and a helicopter – it was fierce,” said a neighbour, adding that the battle raged for three hours.

It is thought Guzman was in the house and fled while his gunmen provided covering fire.

The drug lord was later captured at the Hotel Doux on the outskirts of the town.

Some reports said he tried to escape through storm drains and pictures released by the Mexican government show a handcuffed Guzman wearing a dirty white vest.

Few had thought Guzman would be taken alive and is now expected to be extradited to the United States where he will go on trial.

He escaped before from maximum-security facilities in 2001 and on July 11 last year.