DigitalVision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Kidnapped Mexican soccer star Alan Pulido was found and rescued safely by police, according to authorities in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas.
— GCTamaulipas (@GCTamaulipas) May 30, 2016
Pulido, 25, was kidnapped over the weekend by armed men after he left a party in his hometown of Ciudad Victoria in northern Mexico, officials said.
The rescue happened shortly before midnight involving federal and state forces, the Tamaulipas Coordination Group said in a statement released early Monday morning.
Pulido also received a medical evaluation, the statement said.
Gov. Egidio Torre Cantú visited the player to make sure he was OK and congratulated police for the successful operation, the statement added.
Pulido is a forward for Olympiakos of Greece. He was a member of Mexico’s World Cup team in 2014.
The Greek team tweeted Monday morning that Pulido was with his family “safe” and “healthy.”
1/2 Ο Άλαν είναι υγιής και ασφαλής με την οικογένεια του. pic.twitter.com/pTNLJtDkNa
— Olympiacos FC (@olympiacos_org) May 30, 2016
Detail, including a potential motive, are still unclear.
Ruben Dario of the Tamaulipas state attorney general’s office did not elaborate on the investigation, telling ABC News the family has requested privacy.
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