Monday, 30 May 2016

Pro Soccer Player Alan Pulido Kidnapped in Northeastern Mexico

Alan Pulido, a 25-year-old Mexican soccer star, has been kidnapped in the border state of Tamaulipas, Mexico, authorities announced Sunday.

Pulido was abducted Saturday evening after leaving a party near Ciudad Victoria, his hometown, an unnamed government official told the Associated Press.

Ismael Quintanilla Acosta, the Tamaulipas attorney general, said: “We have information that he was intercepted by armed people and since then his whereabouts have been unknown.”

Federal and local authorities are searching for Pulido, Quintanilla said.

The athlete’s brother, Armando Pulido, had earlier confirmed to the Spanish-languagesports website Mediotiempo that the kidnapping occurred.

“Yes, it’s true,” Armando Pulido said. “We have the support of the governor. We are waiting to see what happens.”

No other information about the incident was available.

Alan Pulido is a member of Olympiacos, a professional soccer club in Greece. He has also played for Mexico’s national team.

The Tigres of Monterrey club, on which Pulido played his debut season and several others, referred to his official Twitter account in a statement: “@TigresOficial expresses their solidarity with the family of @puliidooo in the difficult situation they are facing.”

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