Drug kingpin El Chapo has been caught: Mexican President

Mexican drug trafficker Joaquin Guzman Loera aka 'el Chapo Guzman' (C), is escorted by marines as he is presented to the press on February 22, 2014 in Mexico City.
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Mexican drug trafficker Joaquin Guzman Loera aka 'el Chapo Guzman' (C), is escorted by marines as he is presented to the press on February 22, 2014 in Mexico City.

Joaquin Guzman, a Mexican druglord better known as "El Chapo," has been captured, the Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said in a tweet Friday.

"Mission accomplished: we have him," the tweet reads. In another tweet, Pena Nieto thanked his security cabinet "for this important accomplishment."

An official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to be quoted by name said Guzman was apprehended after a shootout with Mexican marines in the city of Los Mochis, in Guzman's home state of Sinaloa.

Five people have been killed and one Mexican marine wounded in the clash.

Seven months ago, Guzman escaped from a maximum security prison on in Mexico through a tunnel.

Guzman had also escaped from prison in 2001 after a prior capture in 1993.

— Reuters and the Associated Press contributed to this report.