Guatemala probing reports drug kingpin may be dead

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.