Mexico captured its most wanted drug lord on Friday, former primary school teacher Servando “La Tuta” Gomez, and delivered a boost to a government battered by gang violence. The 49-year-old gang boss was the prime target of President Enrique Pena Nieto’s effort to regain control of Michoacan, a western state wracked by clashes between Gomez’s Knights Templar cartel and armed vigilantes trying to oust them. Photograph:Henry Romero/Reuters

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Servando “La Tuta” Gomez, a 49-year-old former teacher, was the prime target of the Mexican president’s drive to regain control of Michoacan, a violent western state wracked by clashes between Gomez’s Knights Templar cartel and heavily-armed vigilantes trying to oust them. Photograph: Servando Gomez/ family handout via Reuters

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