Mother of Liverpool’s Luis Diaz Rescued from Kidnappers, Search Continues for Father

Colombian President Gustavo Petro Leads Efforts in Ongoing Investigation

The mother of Liverpool’s Colombian winger Luis Diaz, Cilenis Marulanda, was successfully rescued from kidnappers on Saturday, as confirmed by Colombian President Gustavo Petro. However, the search intensifies for Diaz’s father, Luis Manuel Diaz, who remains missing.

President Petro took to X (formerly known as Twitter) to announce the rescue operation’s success, revealing that Diaz’s mother was freed in Barrancas, located in the northern part of Colombia. Despite this positive development, the president emphasized that efforts persist in locating and securing the release of Luis Manuel Diaz.

Colombia’s Attorney General’s Office has been actively involved in the investigation, deploying a specialized team of prosecutors, police, and military personnel to work on finding the whereabouts of the kidnapped couple. The office released a statement on X, stating, “From the moment the Attorney General’s Office learned of the kidnapping… a specialized team… have been working to find the location of these people, clarify the facts and find those responsible.”

According to local media reports, the abduction occurred at a service station in the La Guajira area, where armed men on motorcycles took Luis Manuel Diaz and Cilenis Marulanda.

The Director of the Police, General William Salamanca, confirmed the deployment of intelligence agents and other police departments in the area to handle the case. “The police are already involved, right now, in carrying out checkpoints, identifying people on motorbikes, private public service vehicles for the recovery of the two kidnapped people,” he stated.

As the search operation unfolds, the governor of La Guajira, Diala Wilches, condemned the kidnapping and made a direct appeal for the safe return of the Diaz couple. “To the kidnappers, we demand that they return them immediately, safe and sound,” she asserted.

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The 26-year-old Liverpool and Colombia winger, Luis Diaz, has not made any public statements on the matter. Diaz, who joined Liverpool from Porto last year, has played 43 times for the Colombian national team.

The ongoing investigation adds a layer of concern as Liverpool is scheduled to play against Nottingham Forest in the Premier League on Sunday, with the focus on Diaz’s family situation adding an emotional backdrop to the upcoming match.

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