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Luis Diaz’s father released nearly 2 weeks after kidnapping

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Luis Diaz’s father, Luis Manuel Diaz, has been released nearly two weeks after being kidnapped by a guerrilla group in Barrancas, La Guajira.

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His mother, Cilenis Marulanda, was found shortly after the kidnapping. Colombian authorities identified the kidnappers as representatives of the ELN, a recognized terrorist guerrilla group.

A successful rescue mission, involving a helicopter with representatives from the United Nations and the Catholic Church, led to Diaz Sr.’s release.

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He was found in good health conditions and will be reunited with his family in Barrancas.

Luis Diaz, the Liverpool player, missed two matches during this stressful period but returned with a goal at Luton, unveiling a message pleading for his father’s freedom. Diaz Sr.’s safe release brings immense relief to the family.

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