Guatemalan authorities are investigating whether Mexican drug cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was killed in an armed clash near the Mexican border, the interior minister said.
“The first information we have is that it could be him,” Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez told local radio, without giving details about who was involved in the clash in the Peten department, which borders Mexico.
But he cautioned that authorities could not be “100 percent” certain and were examining photographs to determine if Guzman was indeed killed. He added that the information was being cross-checked with Mexican authorities.
Local reports say the clash may have taken place in the border town of El Naranjo.
The Sinaloa drug cartel leader has been in hiding since escaping from a Mexican maximum security prison in 2001. He had been captured in Guatemala in 1993.
He is the most wanted man in Mexico, and the United States has offered a $5 million reward for information leading to his arrest.
Chicago named him last week the city’s Public Enemy No.1, the first criminal to receive the moniker since Al Capone.