16 Inmates at Large After Tunneling Out of Mexican Prison

29 escaped, but not all have been recaptured
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2017 2:21 PM CDT
Mexican marines patrol downtown Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, across the border from Brownsville, Texas.   (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

(Newser) – Sixteen inmates are still at large after breaking out of a prison in the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas, CNN reports. The inmates dug a 5-yard-deep, 40-yard-long tunnel to escape from the Ciudad Victoria prison, the AP reports; 29 inmates in total escaped Thursday, but 13 have since been recaptured. The tunnel was hidden in an illegal hut in an area of the prison essentially controlled by inmates; following the escape, security officials destroyed other such illegal shelters at the prison, leading to riots in which three inmates were stabbed to death Friday night. (Read more Mexico stories.)

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