Guatemala: Probing reports drug lord may be dead

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Associated Press

Posted on February 22, 2013 at 12:30 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 22 at 12:34 AM

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan authorities say there are no bodies or confirmation of a gunfight yet as they investigate reports of a clash between drug gangs and the possible death of Mexico's most-wanted drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

Officials say they are mobilizing security forces to scour a remote, rural area where residents reported the gun battle in a province near the border with Mexico.

Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla told The Associated Press that police and soldiers would begin searching on foot and in the air at first light Friday.

Authorities initially said Thursday night that they were investigating whether Guzman was one of at least two men killed in the remote area, but hours later backtracked and said they had only received reports of a battle from local people.

The area where the clash was reported has seen an increase in drug violence.

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