Bodyguard of El Chapo's sons killed after jailbreak

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, seen here escorted by Mexican police in Ciudad Juarez in 2017, was one of the world's most powerful drug traffickers

The head bodyguard of the sons of captured Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been killed by soldiers while on the run following a jail break last month, officials said Saturday.

Francisco Javier Zazueta Rosales died in a gunfight with Mexican marines on Friday near the northwestern town of San Cayetano in Sinaloa, the state that was El Chapo's stronghold, according to a statement by local prosecutors.

Zazueta had been locked up in February but escaped through the front gates of his jail on March 16 with four other detainees, including the son of another cartel chief associated with Guzman. The prison's head of security disappeared soon afterward.

Guzman, who twice escaped prison in Mexico, is being detained in the United States after being extradited in January.

He has pleaded not guilty to a 17-count indictment filed by US authorities including the charge of leading the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel. No trial date has been set.