The parents of Colombian footballer Luis Díaz, forward of the English club Liverpool and the national team, were kidnapped by unknown persons this Saturday in the Caribbean department of La Guajira, where the scorer is from, authorities reported.
The kidnapping of his parents, Luis Manuel Díaz and Cilenis Marulanda, occurred when they were traveling in a van that was intercepted by individuals who were traveling on motorcycles in the town of Barrancas, according to the first information, which also indicates that lmother was released thanks to police pressure.
“In operation padlock in Barrancas, Luis Díaz’s mother has been rescued we continue in search of the father“, announced the Colombian president, Gustavo Petro, on his X account.
For his part, the director of the Police, General William René Salamanca, said after speaking by phone with the soccer player’s mother: “We now have the mother safe and sound (…) his integrity and health are without any problem“.
Previously, the Prosecutor’s Office indicated that “from the moment it learned of the kidnapping of the parents of the Colombian player Luis Díaz, in the Barrancas sector, in La Guajira, a Specialized Team“made up of various investigative organizations” is in urgent action in order to find the location of these people, clarify the facts and find those responsible.
According to General Salamanca, “an offensive was launched, as the Police do when complexities like this arise.” “The Traffic Police, the Tax and Customs Police, the Surveillance Police, committed from now on, right now, to carry out Checkpointsidentification of people on motorcycles, in private public service vehicles,” the officer ordered all the units under his command. General Salamanca will travel to La Guajira to take charge of this new kidnapping that has shocked the country.
The Military Forces Command also ordered that the Military Gaula, its anti-extortion unit and kidnappingsupport “the search operation for the parents of soccer player Luis Díaz.”
The kidnapping occurs just on the eve of local and regional elections that will be held in the country, for which thousands of soldiers and police have been mobilized to the towns and roads in order to guarantee the normal development of the elections.