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Mexico's top drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman escapes from maximum security prison

Published 12/07/2015 | 08:56

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File photo: Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman (left) is escorted by soldiers during a presentation at the Navy's airstrip in Mexico City on February 22, 2014. Reuters/Henry Romero/Files

Mexico's top drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has escaped from a maximum security prison for the second time, security officials have announced.

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Guzman, who headed the powerful Sinaloa Cartel, was last seen in the area of the showers in the Altiplano prison outside of Mexico City.

The National Security Commission said in a statement that Guzman went to the showers shortly before 9pm and was not seen for a while. Upon checking his cell, authorities found that it was empty.

A search operation began immediately in the surrounding area and highways. Flights have also been suspended at Toluca airport near the prison.

Guzman has been in prison since February 2014.

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