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Mexican army finds unfinished tunnel under Rio Grande river

A Texas Army National Guard Soldier observes a section of the Rio Grande River, along the Texas-Mexico border. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Maj. Randall Stillinger/file)
A Texas Army National Guard Soldier observes a section of the Rio Grande River, along the Texas-Mexico border. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Maj. Randall Stillinger/file)(KWTX)
Published: Aug. 28, 2020 at 9:42 AM CDT
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican soldiers patrolling along the Rio Grande river have found an unfinished tunnel that was apparently dug beneath the river bed in a bid to reach U.S. territory.

Predictably, the tunnel flooded and was found partly full of water.

The army said Thursday that a small pump was found at the mouth of the structure and was apparently used to clear water from it.

Photos distributed by the army showed the builders had tried to shore up the walls of the shaft with timbers that appeared to be buckling.

The army said the tunnel was found earlier this week in the city of Matamoros, across the border from Brownsville, Texas.

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