29 inmates tunnel out of Mexican prison

29 inmates tunnel out of Mexican prison

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A group of 29 inmates have tunnelled their way out of a prison in the northern Mexico border state of Tamaulipas.

One of the inmates shot dead a passing motorist in an apparent carjacking as part of the mass escape in the state capital, Ciudad Victoria.

Twelve of the 29 have been recaptured, a Tamaulipas state security spokesman said.

The inmates had dug a tunnel about five yards deep and 40 yards long to flee, Luis Alberto Rodriguez said.

The tunnel was hidden in a hut that inmates had illegally constructed in a part of the prison they essentially controlled, Mr Rodriguez said.

Overcrowding, corruption and inmate control of prison areas have been persistent problems in Mexican prisons.

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