The tunnel used in last night's escape. The tunnel used in last night's escape.

29 flee prison through 40-meter-long tunnel

10 inmates of the Tamaulipas prison have since been recaptured

A tunnel believed to have taken several months to build took 29 inmates to freedom this morning from a prison in Tamaulipas but some were not free for long.

The escape from the jail in Ciudad Victoria, the state capital, took place about midnight last night through a 40-meter-long tunnel five meters underground.

A civilian has been reported killed during the escape by an armed inmate who fired at the man to steal his vehicle.

There was a major mobilization of police soon after the escape was discovered, leading to the arrest of 10, said a state government spokesman via Twitter at 9:00am.

Governor Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca said in an interview that construction of the tunnel had begun several months ago.

The prison had a population of 1,300 inmates as of last December, 300 more than its capacity.

The spokesman said the facility was built in the 1940s and is no longer adequate.

A leader of the Zetas cartel was killed in the prison in February two days after he was jailed.

Source: Milenio (sp), Reforma (sp)

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