The world’s most wanted drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was recaptured in western Mexico on Friday after a fierce pre-dawn gunbattle that left five people dead, Mexican authorities said. Guzman's capture was the stunning culmination of a furious manhunt that began when the drug lord tunneled out of a maximum-security prison nearly six months ago. Members of the Mexican navy raided a home after a tip about gunmen inside, setting off a shootout that also injured one of the Mexican marines, according to a military statement. It was not immediately clear whether Mexico would try again to hold Guzman behind bars or extradite him to the United States.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.