The daddy of Liverpool footballer Luis Diaz has been freed by his captors in Colombia – virtually two weeks after being kidnapped.
Luis Manuel Diaz was launched by guerrillas from the Nationwide Liberation Military (ELN) in line with the Colombian FA.
He had been kidnapped by armed males whereas driving in La Guajira.
The 26-year-old star’s mom, Cilenis Marulanda, was rescued inside hours by police after roadblocks have been arrange.
These negotiating peace talks with the ELN celebrated Mr Diaz’s freedom however made it clear the kidnapping “ought to by no means have occurred”, in an announcement.
It mentioned: “The present course of with the ELN has superior like no different till in the present day. Regardless, our delegation considers that the kidnapping of Luis Manuel Diaz has positioned our dialogue in a essential state of affairs and due to it, the time has come to take selections to get rid of kidnapping.”
All folks being held by the ELN should be liberated, the assertion added, although it didn’t give a determine for the remaining hostages.
His mother and father have been abducted by armed men on bikes at a petroleum station within the city of Barrancas, close to Colombia’s border with Venezuela on 28 October.
The Liverpool winger had pleaded together with his father’s captors to launch him, having mentioned he and his brothers were in a “desperate” situation.
Diaz was back in training on Friday, earlier than coming off the bench to avoid wasting Liverpool from a shock defeat at Luton on Sunday, claiming a stoppage-time equaliser to grab a 1-1 draw.
He lifted his shirt in celebration to disclose a message on a white T-shirt that learn “libertad para papa” or “freedom for my father”.
The kidnapping of Diaz’s father disrupted the Colombian authorities’s peace talks with the ELN which restarted final yr in hopes of ending the group’s half within the nation’s 60-year battle, which has killed at the least 450,000 folks.
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