Luis Diaz’s father, Luis Manuel Diaz, has been successfully rescued from the left-wing guerrilla group Ejercito de Liberacion Nacional.
Diaz was abducted at gunpoint on October 28.
According to local media reports, Mr. Díaz is said to have been transported via a military helicopter to the city of Valledupar.
It is reported that he will undergo a medical examination there before being reunited with his family.
According to the reports, authorities have stated that he is in a satisfactory condition, showing no signs of mistreatment.
He was abducted in the family’s hometown, Barrancas. The footballer’s mother, Cilenis Marulanda, was briefly taken captive but fortunately released shortly after.
On the day of the kidnap attack, the couple was accosted by the gunmen as they had stopped at a petrol station in Barrancas, in the northern province of La Guajira, BBC reports.
The kidnappers later abandoned Luis Díaz’s mother in a car as police closed in, but dragged away his father.
Police originally said that a criminal gang was most likely to blame.
But a government delegation involved in ongoing peace negotiations with a rebel group has revealed that they possess “official knowledge” regarding the identity of the perpetrators behind a kidnapping incident. According to the delegation, the act was carried out by a unit affiliated with the ELN, shedding light on the responsible party.
The ELN is Colombia’s main remaining active guerrilla group. It has been fighting the state since 1964 and has an estimated 2,500 members.
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