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World's Top 10 Most Wanted crime bosses following the dramatic capture of El Chapo

By Mirror | January 12th 2016
Captured: Drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted onto a helicopter at Mexico City's airport

He was one of the world’s most wanted men after his brazen escape from jail - using a tunnel in his cell.

But now El Chapo , the man dubbed the world’s most powerful drug trafficker, is finally back behind bars after a bloody gun battle with Mexican marines outside his Los Mochis’ bolthole.

The head of the Sinaloa cartel, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman had been on the run since last July after his Shawshank Redemption-style jailbreak.

But while the drug lord might be facing a long stretch back inside, there are dozens of other crime bosses, terrorists and murderers still very much at large.

Here we look at 10 of the World’s Most Wanted...

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

The head of the Islamic State militant group is a shadowy figure who is careful to reveal little about himself or his whereabouts.

In October 2011 the US officially designated Baghdadi, 44, as a terrorist, and offered a £6m reward for information leading to his capture.

Rumours that he had died surfaced last year after reports that he had been seriously wounded in an air strike.

But he is believed to be in Syria still wielding power over the terror group.

Ismael Zambada García

Cartel boss: Ismael Zambada Garcia

The Mexican drug lord is part of El Chapo’s Sinaloa cartel which smuggles cocaine and heroin into the United States.

Known as El Mayo, Zambada, 68, is one of Mexico’s most enduring and powerful drug lords and has had plastic surgery to disguise himself and enable him to move around Mexico.

The FBI have offered a reward of up to £3.5m for information leading to his capture - and he’s likely to replace El Chapo as leader of the cartel.

Ayman al-Zawahiri

 An eye surgeon who helped found the Egyptian militant group Islamic Jihad, al-Zawahiri is the current leader of Al Qaeda after the death of Osama bin Laden.

The US Government has offered a £16m bounty on his head information leading to his capture.


Zawahiri, 64, is wanted for his role in the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya that killed hundreds of people.

In 2012 he called on Muslims to kidnap westerners.

Matteo Messina Denaro

 The suspected head of the Sicilian Mafia’s Cosa Nostra is known for his womanising playboy lifestyle, driving fast cars, wearing Rolex watches and designer clothes.

He has been a fugitive since 1993 - and is one of the most wanted Mafia bosses.

Nicknamed Diabolik, Matteo, 51, learned to use a gun at 14, committed his first of many murders at 18 and is estimated to have killed at least 50 people.

He was said to have bragged: “I filled a cemetery all by myself.”

Dawood Ibrahim

 Ibrahim, 60, is the most wanted man in India and is on Interpol’s wanted list for cheating, criminal conspiracy and running an organised crime syndicate.

He is the leader of the organised crime group D-Company which has engaged in everything from drugs to contract killing.

The US Government says he shares smuggling routes with al Qaeda, and he is suspected of having organised and financed the 1993 Bombay bombings that killed 257 people and wounded 713.

He is believed to be hiding in Pakistan, although the Pakistani authorities deny this.

Felicien Kabuga

One of the most wanted men in Africa, Felicien is accused of bankrolling one of the worst genocides in history.

In 1998 the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda charged Kabuga, 80, with crimes including genocide in connection with the massacre of more than 800,000 Rwandans in 1994.

Between 1993-94, around half a million machetes were imported into Rwanda – Kabuga allegedly supplied the weapons to Hutu extremist who carried out the killings.

There are reports that he has been hiding in Kenya, which the authorities there have denied.

Semion Mogilevich

'Most dangerous': Semion Mogilevich

Ukranian-born Mogilevich, 69, is believed to be the boss of most of the world’s Russian mafia syndicates.

University-educated, his nickname is “The Brainy Don” because of his business acumen.

Described as the “most dangerous mobster in the world”, he is wanted by the FBI for money laundering, conspiracy and fraud.

Reports suggest he is in Moscow.

Samantha Lewthwaite

The British mother of four is one of the Western world’s most wanted terrorism suspects.

Known as the “white widow” Lewthwaite , 32, was the wife of 7/7 suicide bomber Germaine Lindsay.

She is a key figure in Somalia-based terror group Al-Shabaab and is believed to be responsible for the deaths of more than 400 people.

She has been on the run for four years after she and British terror suspect Germaine Grant plotted to blow up tourists in Mombassa.

It is thought she has changed her appearance through weight loss, plastic surgery and hair dye, and is believed to be in hiding in Somalia.

Joseph Kony

 The head of the Lord’s Resistance Army , Kony has driven the killing of civilians in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic and Sudan.

Under Kony, 54, it is believed the LRA has displaced two million people, and is responsible for the abduction of 30,000 children forcing them to become child soldiers and sex slaves.

He believes in polygamy and it is suggested he has fathered 42 children with his many wives.

The International Criminal Court has issued a warrant for his arrest on charges including crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Sally-Anne Jones

 Kent mum Jones has been named as a “specially designated global terrorist” by the US government, making her one of the world’s most wanted female terror suspects.

Known as “Mrs Terror” she joined Islamic State in 2013, marrying computer hacker Junaid Hussain and moving to Syria.

Her husband was killed in an air strike in August, and her name has been added to the UN’s sanctions list, meaning her assets have been frozen and she is banned from flying.

Jones, 46, is accused of using social media to recruit people to join ISIS.

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