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29 inmates escape Northern Mexican prison through tunnel

March 23, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
29 inmates escape Northern Mexican prison through tunnel

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A group of 29 prison inmates tunneled their way out of a detention center in the northern Mexico border state of Tamaulipas.

Mexican authorities said one of the escaped inmates opened fire on a passing motorist in what officials called an apparent carjacking during the mass escape in Ciudad Victoria, the capital city of Tamaulipas, The Associated Press reported.

In a statement, Luis Alberto Rodriguez, the Tamaulipas state security spokesman said during a press conference on Thursday that Federal and state forces have managed to apprehend 12 of the 29 prisoners who escaped.

Rodriguez said the inmates managed to dig an elaborate tunnel about 5 yards deep and 40 yards (meters) out of the detention center to flee.

29 inmates escaped from a northern Mexican prison Thursday through an elaborate tunnel

The spokesman indicated the fugitives managed to conceal the passageway inside of a hut, which the inmates had illegally constructed in a block of the prison they virtually controlled, according to Breitbart Texas.

The escape almost mirrors the 2016 flight performed by Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, the recently extradited leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, who managed to flee a maximum security facility west of Mexico City through a 1.5-mile dugout tunnel leading under the shower area of his jail cell.

The fugitives hid the tunnel in a shed disguised as part of the prison, ten of the 29 have been recaptured

Self-governance, overcrowding, systematic corruption and inmate control have been persistent problems in the Mexican prison system.

It marks the second time in a week prisoners have managed to flee a penitentiary in Mexico.

Last Friday, five senior Sinaloa Cartel operators, who are among the most dangerous security objectives in Mexico escaped a detention center in Culiacan.

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