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Mexican homes damaged in drug lord El Chapo hunt

Friday, October 23, 2015 - 01:09

Homes and cars in a rural village were damaged as Mexican authorities search for fugitive drug kingpin El Chapo. Julie Noce reports.

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Jose Eraclio points out bullet holes in his roof. His house in a rural Mexican village came under fire as Mexican marines reportedly launched an offensive to capture fugitive drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. Eraclio says a helicopter began shooting on the area around 8 o'clock at night. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) DISPLACED PERSON FROM EL AGUILA COMMUNITY, JOSE ERACLIO, SAYING: "It was like 8pm, 8.30pm at night when they started to attack the community. In fact, where we were you could see the lights from the helicopter from above ." According to reports, marine special forces came close to Guzman, but he slipped away sustaining injuries on his face and leg whilst fleeing. Military authorities say the operation against Guzman is taking place in at least 12 other villages in the area. In a statement, the Mexican government said it has worked with international agencies to capture Guzman, and that in recent weeks, efforts had been focused on the northwest of the country, not far from where's he's from. Guzman's escape from a high-security prison cell in July was caught on closed circuit television and caused a major embarrassment for Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

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Mexican homes damaged in drug lord El Chapo hunt

Friday, October 23, 2015 - 01:09