Mexican president orders to have escaped drug lord recaptured

Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Sunday that he had instructed Mexican authorities to “work to re-apprehend” escaped drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” or “Shorty” Guzman.
SOUNDBITE: Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexico’s President
“I have given specific instructions to the authorities to launch a thorough and exhaustive investigation into which prison, local or state officials were involved in the escape plan, if any.”
By early Sunday afternoon, the number of prison officials detained for questioning had reached 30, according to the Mexican daily La Jornada.
SOUNDBITE: Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexico’s President
“This is certainly an affront to the Mexican government, but I also trust that the Mexican State institutions, particularly those responsible for public safety, meet the expectations with strength and determination to recapture this criminal.”
Pena Nieto was flying to France for a state visit when news of Guzman’s escape first broke late on Saturday night.
Guzman — who was recaptured in 2014 after his first Hollywood- esque escape from a maximum security facility hidden inside a laundry basket — is said to have escaped this time through a large tunnel leading from his cell to a construction site located 1,500 meters southwest of the prison.

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