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The U.S. will make every effort to ensure that a Mexican drug lord
will face the fate of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said on Monday.
“It took us 10 years to find Osama Bin Laden and we found him,” Napolitano said at a press conference in Mixico city. “And you know what happened there; I’m not suggesting the same thing would happen with Guzman but I am suggesting that we are persistent when it comes to wrongdoers and those who do harm in both of our countries,” she added.
Guzman was sent to prison in 1993 but has been on the run after escaping from jail in a laundry cart in 2001, reportedly avoiding his 21-year prison sentence in exile in France.
“El Chapo” made Forbes’ list of billionaires and was named one of the most powerful people in the world. He almost single-handedly controls the entire U.S. cocaine market. The US has offered a $5 mln reward for information leading to his arrest.
Dismissal follows violence at Apodaca prison where one drug cartel killed 44 members of its rival gang before escaping.
Mexican authorities have sacked the director of Apodaca prison in the northeast after jailed members of the Zetas drug cartel stabbed and bludgeoned 44 members of the rival Gulf cartel to death before escaping en masse.
The escape on Sunday was apparently aided by prison authorities, Mexican officials said.
Rodrigo Medina, governor of the northern state of Nuevo Leon, said on Monday that the prison director and three other officials were being investigated after their dismissal.
The same was done with 18 prison guards, he said.
“Unfortunately, a group of traitors has set back the work of a lot of good police,” Medina said.
“The most important thing is to make sure that the people working on the inside are on the side of the law, and that they not be corrupted and collaborate with the criminals, as the investigations indicate they presumably did.”
Deadly fights happen periodically in Mexico’s prisons as gangs and drug cartels stage jail breaks and battle for control of prisons, often with the involvement of officials. Sunday’s riot was one of the deadliest so far.
Up to 31 prisoners died in January during a prison riot in the Gulf coast city of Altamira in Tamaulipas state, which borders Texas.
Another fight in a Tamaulipas prison in the border city of Matamoros in October killed 20 inmates and injured 12. Read more at www.aljazeera.com
A fight among inmates led to a prison riot in northern Mexico that has left 44 people dead, according to a security official.
Nuevo Leon state public security spokesman Jorge Domene Zambrano said the riot broke out about 2am on Sunday (local time) in a high-security section of a prison in the city of Apodaca outside of the northern industrial city of Monterrey.
Several inmates attacked others and the riot then spread, Domene said.
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Forty-four people died before authorities regained control of the prison a couple of hours later, he said.
Families of the prisoners gathered outside the prison on Sunday morning, pushing at the fences and shouting at police to demand word of the victims.
Deadly fights happen periodically in Mexican prisons as gangs and drug cartels stage jail breaks and battle for control of penitentiaries, often with the involvement of officials.
Some 31 prisoners died in January in a prison riot in the Gulf coast city of Altamira in Tamaulipas state, which borders Texas. Another fight in a prison in the Tamaulipas border city of Matamoros in October killed 20 inmates and injured 12.
In July, a riot at a prison in the border city of Juarez killed 17 inmates. Mexican authorities detained the director and four guards over that clash. Surveillance video showed two inmates opening doors to let armed prisoners into a room where the slain victims were reportedly holding a party.
Twenty-three people were killed in a prison riot in Durango city in 2010, and a 2009 riot in Gomez Palacio, another city in the northern Mexican state of Durango, killed 19 people.