Report: ‘El Chapo’ Guzman’s Sons Wounded in Cartel Attack

2/9/2017 New York Times

Juaquin_Guzman-LoeraMEXICO CITY — A prominent Mexican journalist reported Wednesday that the sons of Sinaloa cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman say they were wounded in an attack they blamed on a rival drug gang figure and onetime “top lieutenant” for their father.

Ciro Gomez Leyva said he received word about Saturday’s purported attack in a handwritten letter from Guzman’s sons that said they were with Sinaloa boss Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada at the time and that he was also targeted.

Gomez Leyva said the letter accused Damaso Lopez, another alleged Sinaloa figure who is believed to be disputing for control of the cartel, of betraying them. The letter said they had come to a meeting organized by Lopez only to find he was not there, and gunmen suddenly opened fire and killed their bodyguards. Guzman’s sons said they and Zambada escaped.

Guzman lawyer Jose Refugio confirmed to local media that the letter came from the sons.

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