Mexican president says drug lord ‘El Chapo’ captured

Mexican President Enrico Pena Nieto says ‘El Chapo' captured seven months after he escaped from prison via tunnel

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted by soldiers during a presentation at the Navy's airstrip in Mexico City, in this file photo taken February 22, 2014

Updated Jan 9, 2016

Mexican President Enrico Pena Nieto said on Friday that fugitive drug lord Joaquin Guzman Loera better known as “El Chapo” has been captured seven months after he escaped via tunnel from Mexico's highest-security prison on July 2015.

“Mission accomplished: We have him. I want to inform the Mexicans that Joaquin Guzman Loera has been detained,” the Mexican president wrote in his Twitter account in Spanish. 

A Mexican official who refused to give his name because he is not authorised to be quoted, said Guzman was captured after a gunfight in Los Mochis city, in Guzman's home state of Sinaloa.

El Chapo had escaped prison via a mile long tunnel in July 2015.

According to a statement from the Mexican Navy, when marines raided a home, they were fired on from inside the structure.

Eventually five suspects were killed while six others were arrested during the clash between Mexican marines and suspects. One marine was also lightly injured in the shootout.

Also the officials seized a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, two armoured vehicles and eight long guns at home.

TRTWorld and agencies