Violence Erupts In Mexico After El Chapo's Son Arrested

Heavy gunfire has rocked several neighbourhoods in the Mexican city of Culiacán, home to Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman’s Sinaloa Cartel, after the son of the notorious kingpin was arrested.

Mexican networks Televisa and Milenio both said security forces had confirmed the capture of Ovidio Guzman, who, along with his brothers, is believed to be influential in the cartel since their father was jailed in the United States.

Police move throughout the streets of Culiacán. Image: Isalazara

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A senior government source told Reuters the reports were correct.

Milenio broadcast a photograph that it claimed showed Ovidio Guzman in detention.

Fires burn throughout the city. Image: Supplied

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador told reporters his security cabinet would give information about the situation in Sinaloa.

State police confirmed to Reuters that several prisoners escaped from a prison during the chaos.

Smoke covered the city. Image: Supplied

Video footage showed a group of at least 20 people running in the streets.

It was not immediately clear how many had escaped.

People hide during gun battles. Image: Supplied

Vehicles and a petrol station were set on fire while alleged cartel gunmen roamed the city in trucks, at least one of which was armed with a mounted machine gun, videos posted on social media showed.

A petrol station was set on fire during the riots. Image: EPA

Civilians hid in the aisles of a supermarket, while others ran for cover in leafy suburban streets.