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Guatemala probes if drug lord killed in shootout


Guatemalan authorities say they are investigating whether a man killed in a shootout near the border with Mexico is most-wanted drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

   Government spokesman Francisco Cuevas says two drug gangs clashed Thursday in Peten, an area that has seen an increase in drug violence. Cuevas tells Guatevision Television that at least two men died in the shootout.

   Cuevas didn't say what led officials to think that one of the dead men might be Guzman, but Interior Department spokeswoman Carla Herrera tells The Associated Press that one of the victims physically resembles the drug lord.

   She says officials have asked the Mexican government to send Guzman's fingerprints to compare them to the man found inside a vehicle.

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