Updated 11:35 PM EDT, Tue, May 11, 2021

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Latest News: Drug Lord Jumped Off a Cliff & Broke His Leg While Escaping Mexican Special Ops

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Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman broke his leg after jumping off a small cliff while escaping Mexican special forces.

CNN reported from a Mexican official that Guzman was seen near the town of Cosalá, located in the mountains of Mexico's Sinaloa state on Oct. 9. At the time, the fugitive had a girl with him, making authorities apprehensive to take action. When they spotted Guzman without the child later on, special forces hunted him on foot.

Guzman reportedly broke a leg and injured his face when he fell off the cliff, CNN added. The cartel leader was able to escape when his bodyguards rushed to his aid and carried him away to the dense forest.

Fox News Latino reported that Guzman's guards provided cover fire from the bottom of the cliff as their leader escaped using an SUV.

Guzman escaped from a maximum security prison in Mexico back in July through an underground tunnel. Last week, authorities said that the Sinaloa Cartel chief's injuries were "not the result of a direct confrontation," according to a separate report from CNN.

Meanwhile, residents in Mexico's Golden Triangle, the area where authorities believe Guzmán is hiding, said that the federal forces' pursuit left innocent people in harm's way. On Oct. 6, Marines parachuted into the municipality of Tamazula, Durango, prompting roughly 600 residents to flee to Cosalá and other towns outside of the operation. People have accused soldiers of opening fires on civilians and their properties, as well as violating their rights, Fox News Latino further reported.

BBC wrote that six key people involved with Guzman's prison break were recently arrested. Among those apprehended is his brother-in-law, a pilot who flew Guzman to his home state of Sinaloa and Durango, and a member of his legal team described as the mastermind. After escaping from the prison, Guzman traveled by land to Queretaro City, and then headed to Sinaloa and Durango in a small plane.

"Today we are able to affirm that the group responsible for planning, organizing and carrying out the escape from outside the prison has been broken up," Attorney General Arely Gomez said on Wednesday, as quoted by BBC.

Guzman's brother-in-law supervised the creation of the elaborate tunnel as well as organized transport, the news outlet added. The jailbreak's mastermind visited Guzman at the Altiplano prison to update him on the operation's progress.

Officials focused on the area of Cosalá because of data they gathered from digital instruments inside Guzman's private plane flown by his pilot. The readings indicate that the pilot "had flown to various places to get supplies for Guzman, but always returned to the same airstrip," CNN reported.

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