Fugitive Mexican drug kingpin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman captured

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Drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted by marines to a helicopter at Mexico City's airport on January 8, 2016. OMAR TORRES / AFP - Getty Images

Mexican authorities yesterday recaptured fugitive drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, six months after his prison break, President Enrique Pena Nieto said .

“Mission accomplished: We got him. I want to inform Mexicans that Joaquin Guzman Loera has been arrested,” Pena Nieto wrote on Twitter.

A presidential spokesman confirmed the authenticity of the tweet to AFP, but declined to give more details, saying that a press conference would be held later yesterday.

Mexican marines have conducted extensive operations in the northwestern states of Sinaloa and Durango since the 58-year-old drug lord’s spectacular July 11 escape.

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News of his arrest came shortly after the navy reported that five suspects were killed in a clash with marines in the Sinaloa city of Los Mochis, but it did not indicate whether it was related to Guzman.

Guzman is being transported back to Antiplano — the same maximum-security prison where he escaped on July 11 using an elaborate tunnel that was dug under his shower stall, climbed on a motorcycle mounted on rails, and traveled 1.5 kilometers through the tunnel, Attorney General Arely Gomez Gonzalez said at a news conference late Friday.

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