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Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' recaptured

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman
Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman

On the run Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' has been recaptured, according to the country's President.

Seven months ago Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escaped from a Mexican prison in a sensational plot.

His escape in July was a global sensation when a mile long tunnel under his cell was used to flee the jail.

A motorised modified rail car was then used to transport him to the escape hatch.

He had been on the run since.

 'El Chapo' was the head of the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel and the US had offered $5m for his recapture. 

It is alleged that up to €50m in bribes may have been paid to secure his escape.

However, the man once believed to be the biggest drug trafficker in the world now appears to be back under lock and key.

Pena Nieto said on Twitter: “mission accomplished: we have him.”

Details of the operation to recapture the fugitive has also emerged.

An official said that Guzman was apprehended after a shootout with Mexican marines in the city of Los Mochis, in his home state of Sinaloa.

Five people were killed and one Mexican marine wounded in the clash.

The Mexican Navy said that marines acting on a tip-off raided a home in the town of Los Mochis before dawn.

They were fired on from inside the structure. Five suspects were killed and six others arrested.

The Mexican Navy said that marines seized two armoured vehicles, eight rifles, one handgun and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher in the raid.

Photos of the arms seized suggested that Guzman and his associates had a fearsome arsenal at the nondescript white house in which he was hiding.

Two of the rifles seized were .50-calibre sniper guns, capable of penetrating most bullet-proof vests and cars.

The grenade launcher was found loaded, with an extra round nearby. And an assault rifle had a .40 mm grenade launcher, and at least one grenade.