Luis Díaz’s Father Released After being Kidnapped in Colombia

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By LatAm Reports Staff Writers

In a significant development in Colombia, the father of Liverpool football star Luis Díaz was freed following his abduction by the National Liberation Army (ELN), a recognized guerrilla group. This resolution comes 12 days after his capture in northern Colombia, marking a critical moment in the ongoing peace negotiations between the Colombian government and the ELN.

Luis Manuel Díaz, the footballer’s father, was abducted in late October in Barrancas, a small town, an event that quickly gained international attention. The younger Díaz notably called for his father’s freedom after scoring in a Premier League match for Liverpool, displaying a shirt with a message in Spanish that translated to “Freedom for Papa.”

The circumstances of the abduction were initially unclear. However, the Colombian government, a week ago, identified the ELN as the responsible party. The ELN admitted to the kidnapping, declaring it an error and stating that their top brass had ordered Mr. Díaz’s release. The release process was complicated by military activities in the region, with the ELN citing safety concerns for Mr. Díaz under such conditions. To facilitate a safer release, the Colombian military adjusted its deployments.

In a harrowing twist, both of Luis Díaz’s parents were originally kidnapped by armed individuals at a gas station in Barrancas. Fortunately, his mother, Cilenis Marulanda, was promptly rescued by the police, who established roadblocks around the town, which is proximate to the Colombian-Venezuelan border. Following the kidnapping, special forces scoured the border-spanning mountain ranges, and a substantial reward was offered for information leading to Mr. Díaz’s location.

Luis Díaz, aged 26, is renowned as one of Colombia’s most gifted footballers, with his talent securing him a significant transfer to Liverpool for a substantial fee.