ELN frees the father of soccer player Luis Díaz after 12 days of kidnapping

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Luis Manuel Diazfather of the footballer Luis Diazfrom Liverpool and the Colombian national team, was released this Thursday after twelve days kidnapped by the guerrilla National Liberation Army (ELN), according to official sources.

The player's father was handed over to a humanitarian commission of the UN Mission in Colombia and Catholic Church in the foothills of the mountain range Perijanear the town of Canyonsin the Caribbean department of The Guajirawhere he was kidnapped last October 28and was transported by helicopter to Valleduparcapital of the department of Cesar.

The Episcopal Conference of Colombia expressed in X:

We thank God for the release of Mr. Luis Díaz! With him are already Mons. Francisco Ceballos, bishop of Riohacha and Mons. Héctor Henao, delegate for Church-State relations, who formed the humanitarian commission in charge of facilitating his release.

From the airport Alfonso Lopezof Valledupar left this morning MI8 helicopter Russian-made with the humanitarian commission that received Luis Díaz's father in a mountainous area in the north of the country from the ELN's Northern War Front.

The device landed at that airport at 11:08 local timeand minutes later the newly freed man went down on his own feet and walked to a vehicle that was waiting for him on the track to be taken, presumably, to a medical Center.

The Colombian president, Gustavo Petroexpressed his joy by reposting news about the long-awaited release.

Last Monday the 300 police and military Colombians searching for Luis Díaz's father began to retreat from your area of ​​operations to facilitate its release.

The decision to withdraw the troops to safe points came hours after the THE N said that the release of Luis Manuel Díaz had been delayed by the military presence in the zone.

It is expected that, after being subjected to medical examsthe newly released be transferred to Barrancasthe city where his family lives and where He was kidnapped on October 28.

(With information from EFE)

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