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Mexico: Navy secure cartel kingpin 'El Chapo' Guzman's hideout01:00

Mexico: Navy secure cartel kingpin 'El Chapo' Guzman's hideout

Mexico, Los Mochis
January 8, 2016 at 21:04 GMT +00:00 · Published

Sinaloa cartel chief Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was recaptured by Mexican authorities in the city of Los Mochis, Friday, following his escape from the maximum security Altiplano Federal Prison in July.

Remaining on the scene after the arrest to secure the area, security forces, led by navy personnel, reportedly stormed a house in the Western Mexican city of Los Mochis after receiving a tip off. A heavy gun battle broke out on entry, ending in five suspects being shot dead, and the arrest of six others, according to a statement from the Mexican Navy.

Guzman’s recapture comes after the cartel kingpin made a miraculous escape from Altiplano Federal Prison in the town of Almolova de Juarez on July 11. Authorities later found a 10 metre (32 feet) deep hole with a ladder in El Chapo's prison cell, which led to the tunnel fitted with lighting and ventilation. The tunnel also contained a specially modified motorbike, which ran on tracks.

Guzman had previously escaped from a prison in 2001 by hiding in a laundry basket after bribing prison officials, but was recaptured in 2014. At least 49 people are being questioned as authorities believe the crime boss received inside help. The prison’s director and other officials were fired by Mexico’s interior minister following the incident.

Mexico: Navy secure cartel kingpin 'El Chapo' Guzman's hideout01:00
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Sinaloa cartel chief Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was recaptured by Mexican authorities in the city of Los Mochis, Friday, following his escape from the maximum security Altiplano Federal Prison in July.

Remaining on the scene after the arrest to secure the area, security forces, led by navy personnel, reportedly stormed a house in the Western Mexican city of Los Mochis after receiving a tip off. A heavy gun battle broke out on entry, ending in five suspects being shot dead, and the arrest of six others, according to a statement from the Mexican Navy.

Guzman’s recapture comes after the cartel kingpin made a miraculous escape from Altiplano Federal Prison in the town of Almolova de Juarez on July 11. Authorities later found a 10 metre (32 feet) deep hole with a ladder in El Chapo's prison cell, which led to the tunnel fitted with lighting and ventilation. The tunnel also contained a specially modified motorbike, which ran on tracks.

Guzman had previously escaped from a prison in 2001 by hiding in a laundry basket after bribing prison officials, but was recaptured in 2014. At least 49 people are being questioned as authorities believe the crime boss received inside help. The prison’s director and other officials were fired by Mexico’s interior minister following the incident.

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