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Luis Diaz’s father is ‘rescued from a kidnapping in Colombia’ after a shootout left two abductors dead… hours after his mother was also reported to be rescued


  • Luis Diaz’s father has reportedly been rescued from a kidnapping in Colombia 
  • His rescue is yet to be officially confirmed, but two abductors are believed dead 
  • Diaz’s mother was also rescued after the ordeal in the Barrancas, La Guajira

Luis Diaz‘s dad has reportedly been rescued from a kidnapping during a shootout which left two of his captors dead hours after the footballer’s mum was freed from her ordeal.

The search had continued for Luis Manuel Diaz after Cilenis Marulanda was rescued following a police chase triggered by the kidnap of the Liverpool star’s parents on Saturday afternoon near their home in the town of Barrancas in Colombia’s Caribbean region.

Reports in local media in the La Guajira region, which Barrancas forms part of, say the striker’s dad has now been freed following a shootout with police which resulted in the deaths of two of the four kidnappers.

The incident is said to have happened near to an area called los Barrancones as the captors headed towards Colombia’s border with Venezuela with the intention of smuggling him into the neighbouring country.

There has not yet been any official confirmation Luis Diaz’s dad has also been rescued. His mum was pictured overnight enjoying a tearful reunion with relatives.

Luis Diaz's father (Luis Manuel Diaz, pictured in 2019) has reportedly been rescued from a kidnapping during a shootout, though it has not been officially confirmed

Luis Diaz’s father (Luis Manuel Diaz, pictured in 2019) has reportedly been rescued from a kidnapping during a shootout, though it has not been officially confirmed

The parents of Luis Diaz were believed to have been kidnapped in his Colombian hometown and his mother was reported to have been rescued first

The parents of Luis Diaz were believed to have been kidnapped in his Colombian hometown and his mother was reported to have been rescued first 

The reports emerged as a man described as the best friend of Luis Manuel Diaz told a Colombian radio station the footballer’s dad and his wife had been heading to the home of a relative of Cilenis near a petrol station where they had just filled up their car with fuel when they were taken hostage.

Victor Medina said: ‘It was 5.30pm local time on Saturday.

‘They had filled up with petrol and then went to a neighbourhood nearby to collect something from a relative of Celinis.

‘There the captors arrived, four men on motorbikes.

‘They threatened them with weapons, made them get into the same vehicle and sped off with the other two on a motorbike tailing them. They headed for a rural area.

‘The authorities were informed and there was a chase.’

Responding to claims there was an exchange of gunfire before Cilenis was rescued, Mr Medina said: ‘I haven’t had the chance to speak to her yet.

‘It’s a difficult situation. She’s back at home with doctors because we know she arrived quite distressed after what has been a trauma for her.

‘We’re just waiting for everything to calm down a bit before we speak with her.’

Four men on motorbikes reportedly arrived with weapons and kidnapped Diaz's parents but two were shot dead by police

Four men on motorbikes reportedly arrived with weapons and kidnapped Diaz’s parents but two were shot dead by police

The captors were reportedly headed towards Colombia's border with Venezuela with the intention of smuggling Diaz's father into the neighbouring country

The captors were reportedly headed towards Colombia’s border with Venezuela with the intention of smuggling Diaz’s father into the neighbouring country

He added: ‘Luis Manuel Diaz is a person who is much loved in Barrancas and there’s never been any talk of threats.

‘He and his family are highly appreciated in this municipality and that is why he always felt calm and safe here.

‘But there is always going to be someone who wants to harm a family, a family which is bringing a lot of glory and a lot of recognition to Barrancas.

‘The general public rejects acts like this targeting a much-loved and respected family in our municipality.’

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