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Top Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman escapes from elaborate tunnel in prison cell

  • FILE  - In this June 10, 1993 file photo, Joaquin Guzman Loera, alias "El Chapo Guzman" is shown to the press after his arrest at the high security prison of Almoloya de Juarez, outskirts of Mexico City. Mexico's security commission has announced early Sunday July 12, 2015 that top drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman has escaped from a maximum security prison for the second time. The commission said a search operation was being set into motion in the surrounding area and flights have been suspended at Toluca airport near the penitentiary outside Mexico City. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, file)

    FILE - In this June 10, 1993 file photo, Joaquin Guzman Loera, alias "El Chapo Guzman" is shown to the press after his arrest at the high security prison of Almoloya de Juarez, outskirts of Mexico City. Mexico's security commission has announced early Sunday July 12, 2015 that top drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman has escaped from a maximum security prison for the second time. The commission said a search operation was being set into motion in the surrounding area and flights have been suspended at Toluca airport near the penitentiary outside Mexico City. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • Federal police patrol near the maximum security prison Altiplano in Almoloya, west of Mexico City, early Sunday, July 12, 2015.  Mexico's most powerful drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, escaped from a maximum security prison through a tunnel that opened into the shower area of his cell, the country's top security official announced. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

    Federal police patrol near the maximum security prison Altiplano in Almoloya, west of Mexico City, early Sunday, July 12, 2015. Mexico's most powerful drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, escaped from a maximum security prison through a tunnel that opened into the shower area of his cell, the country's top security official announced. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)  (The Associated Press)

  • Police search for escaped drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, around the Almoloya de Juarez prison in Toluca, Mexico, Sunday, July 12, 2015. Mexico's most powerful drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, escaped from a maximum security prison through a one mile long tunnel that opened into the shower area of his cell, the country's top security official announced Sunday. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

    Police search for escaped drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, around the Almoloya de Juarez prison in Toluca, Mexico, Sunday, July 12, 2015. Mexico's most powerful drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, escaped from a maximum security prison through a one mile long tunnel that opened into the shower area of his cell, the country's top security official announced Sunday. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)  (The Associated Press)

Here are the latest developments about Mexican drug lord Joanquin 'El Chapo' Guzman's escape from prison:

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Mexico's top security official says top drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has escaped through a 1.5-kilometer (1 mile) tunnel that opened into the shower area of his cell.

Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido tells a news conference Sunday that Guzman used an elaborate escape hatch built allegedly without the detection of authorities.

With his escape Guzman has done what Mexican authorities promised would not happen after his re-capture last year — to slip out of a maximum security prison for the second time.

Rubido says 18 employees from various part of the Altiplano prison 90 kilometers (56 miles) west of Mexico City have been taken in for questioning.