'El Chapo' captured, Mexican president says

Drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been caught, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto announced on Twitter.

“Mission accomplished,” he tweeted Friday afternoon.

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“We have him.”

Guzman has been on the run since escaping from a maximum-security prison near Mexico City back in mid-July. He had escaped through a sophisticated tunnel that opened in the floor of his cell's shower. It’s thought he then travelled through the two-kilometre-long tunnel, was picked up by accomplices and flown to a mountainous region in his home state of Sinaloa.

On Friday, Mexican marines, acting on a tip, raided a home in the town of Los Mochis before dawn while being fired on from inside the structure.

Five suspects were killed and one marine wounded. Six others were arrested. The marine's injuries were not life threatening.

At the home, marines seized two armoured vehicles, a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, eight long guns, and one handgun.

With reports from The Associated Press

Misión cumplida: lo tenemos. Quiero informar a los mexicanos que Joaquín Guzmán Loera ha sido detenido.

— Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) January 8, 2016


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