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Fugitive drug kingpin El Chapo has been caught, Mexican president says

He had been on the run since July.

Image: Associated Press

MEXICAN PRESIDENT ENRIQUE Pena Nieto has said fugitive drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been recaptured seven months after he escaped from a maximum security prison.

Pena Nieto wrote in his Twitter account on Friday: “Mission accomplished: we have him.”

El Chapo — the chief of the Sinaloa drug cartel — was on the run after staging a brazen prison break in July during which he slipped through a tunnel leading to an escape hole under his cell’s shower in the Altiplano maximum-security prison in central Mexico.

After exiting the tunnel, Guzman was driven 135 kilometers north to an airstrip, where he boarded a small plane that took him to Sinaloa state, his northwestern bastion, authorities have said.

More details to follow. Additional reporting by AFP

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