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Two videos show El Chapo's moment of escape from a high-security Mexican prison

Sahil Bhalla | Updated on: 15 July 2015, 18:54 IST

Other than putting a $3.8 million bounty on Mexico's most wanted drug lord, Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, Mexican authorities have released a video capturing the moment of his escape from prison. A Mexican official told CNN on Tuesday that when it comes to the escaped kingpin, just about any scenario is possible.

Is he hiding in his hometown, blending in with the millions of tourists flocking to Mexico? Or is he in an area where his cartel has more power than the government does? No one knows the answer. In the video, Guzman is shown ducking into the shower and then coming out and changing his shoes. Finally, after pacing around the room, he ducks back into the shower and never appears again. The authorities said that he slipped through a hole under the shower and escaped through a mile-long tunnel with ease.

The National Security Commissioner, Monte Alejandro Rubido said that there was nothing uncommon about prison inmates pacing around their rooms.

The Mexican authorities also revealed that Guzman wore a bracelet that tracked every move made by him, but the drug lord removed it before his escape.

This is Guzman's second escape from prison in 14 years. It is a huge embarrassment for President Enrique Pena Nieto, and the manhunt still continues on its third day.

The government had earlier showed a video of the 1.5 km escape tunnel, which had a motorcycle with a metal cart in front, and a special rail system for it to ride on. The fugitive had blown the tunnel lights and exited up a ladder at the other end into a building on a property surrounded by fields.

First published: 15 July 2015, 17:26 IST
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