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A glamorous 'gangster' who is a suspected femme fatale for a mob boss has been arrested following a shootout with police in Venezuela.

Carla Díaz Torrealba allegedly seduced rival cartel bosses as she became one of the most trusted associates of a powerful mob boss Carlos Luis ‘El Koki’ Revete, who controls a large part of the Venezuelan capital of Caracas.

According to, security forces were locked in firefights for days just miles away the presidential palace in their hunt for mobster Revete.

However, El Koki escaped the police but Torrealba, also known as ‘La Pelúa’ meaning ‘The Hair’, was captured by the authorities.

The 22-year-old mum of one regularly shares racy and scantily-clad snaps of herself, including posing with assault rifles, to her followers on Instagram.

Police say Torrealba is a key accomplice of El Koki and believe she acted as a lookout for his mob.

Local media in Venezuela claim she also acted as bait in honeytrap operations used to seduce rival mobsters before they were kidnapped.

According to other local media reports, Torrealba was previously detained for robbery in 2019, although it is unclear if she was wanted by police at the time of her arrest.

Her boss El Koki has been wanted by police for almost a decade but has yet to be captured despite a $500,000 (£363,000) reward.

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El Koki gained power following the decision by Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro to sign a deal with gang leaders in 2017, which allowed them free reign over certain areas of Caracas.

The authorities decided to move against El Koki last week and sent hundreds of special-trained officers into the Cota 905 district of Caracas.

Reports say the shootout ended up spilling onto the main motorway in the centre of the city and at least 33 corpses were later counted in the area, according to local journalism initiative Monitor de Víctimas.

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