Following the arrest, cartel gunmen surrounded security forces in the city and forced them to free Guzman Lopez, The Guardian reported.
The chaos in Culiacan, long a stronghold for the Guzmans' Sinaloa cartel, will increase pressure on President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who took office in December promising to pacify a country tired after more than a decade of drug-war fighting.
The patrol was shortly overpowered by cartel gunmen, nevertheless, and the choice was taken to withdraw to guard the lives of the Nationwide Guard and restore calm within the metropolis, the place gangsters had arrange roadblocks and have been unleashing heavy computerized gunfire, Durazo stated.
His own officials said the operation in Culiacan, the capital of Sinaloa state and home to almost a million people, had not been planned as well as it should have been.
On Thursday the government said the soldiers had come under fire as they neared the house where Guzman was. "We do not want deaths". "We're doing really well in our strategy".
The violent reaction to Guzman's apprehension in a wealthy area of Culiacan was on a scale rarely seen during Mexico's long drug wars. Roads in the city were blocked by burning trucks and army teams.
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They also said an unknown number of inmates had escaped from the Aguaruto prison in Culiacan amid the chaos.
In an interview with Fox News, Jack Riley said: "It's a bad message to send that there are now cartel strongholds in Mexico".
"What is incontrovertible is that the Sinaloa Cartel won yesterday's battle", she added.
Still, questions about how the release was handled continued circulating after defense minister Sandoval said nine security personnel were "held and freed without injury".
Neither Durazo nor President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's office immediately responded to requests for further information, and details on the day's incidents remained murky.
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The fighting became so intense that Mexico's security cabinet ordered authorities to stand down. Murders this year are set to be at a record high.
On social media, users posted videos of what appeared to be a war zone in Culiacan after Guzman Lopez was captured.
He's famous for escaping a maximum-security Mexican prison in 2015 via a mile-long underground tunnel, and that's not the only time he's made an escape.
Recaptured drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted by soldiers at the hangar belonging to the office of the Attorney General in Mexico City, Mexico, on January 8, 2016. He was discovered responsible in a USA courtroom in February of smuggling tons of medicine and sentenced to life in jail.
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