Mexican Prison Break: Fugitives in Texas?

Inmates dig 21-foot tunnel in order to escape.
3:00 | 09/18/12

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Mohammed lila abc news kabul. Now we shift gears. Tonight on the border of this country everyone is looking for dangerous fugitives. Nearly 100 inmates broke out of a mexican prison digging a 100 foot tunnel to escape. How did they do it? Ryan owens has the details. Reporter: Tonight one fifth of this mexican prison, 129 inmates, are free after a daring escape just three miles from the united states. This border crossing at eagle pass, texas is on alert and residents of the sleepy border city have been warned to call police if they see strangers. Mexican prosecutors say the escapees, including many members of violent drug cartels, dug a tunnel through the prison's workshop. While a great escape through a tunnel may remind you of the "shawshank redemption," in this case it wasn't just one escapee. All 129 squeezed one by one through an opening a few feet wide. They used ropes and electric cables to full them suches to the guard tower where they tied up the guard. Next they cut the chain link fence that stood between them and freedom and ran for it. Authorities think the tunnel had been around a few months and doubt the inmates dug it without anyone knowing. In fact, police have detained the prison director and a dozen guards suspecting this escape was an "inside job." Tonight, mexican special forces working to put the escapees back there. Ryan owen, abc news, dallas.

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