Mexico’s Alan Pulido rescued after being kidnapped in border state

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Relief poured over from Olympiakos and Mexican striker Alan Pulido’s supporters as the 25-year-old has been reportedly rescued after being nabbed near his home last Sunday.

Pulido reportedly went to a party with his girlfriend near his hometown, Ciudad Victoria in Tamaulipas, and left the party at around 11:30 PM. They were on their way back to Ciudad Victoria  when his vehicle was surrounded by trucks and six masked men took away Pulido by force while his girlfriend was left unharmed.

A widespread search operation was held by the Federal and state forces, and Tamaulipas Coordination Group that is being coordinated by federal and state security agents said on their Twitter account that they are still searching for Pulido. Local reporters claim that they saw soldiers around the streets of Ciudad Victoria during the manhunt.

On early Monday, reports claim that Pulido has been rescued and has escaped with minor injuries only. He was reportedly brought to the police station first before going to Ciudad Victoria’s General Hospital.

Pulido’s Greek team Olympiakos expressed their concern over Pulido when he was nabbed through their Twitter account, saying their prayers and thoughts are with the Mexican striker and hopes that the case ends soon and Alan returns home safely.

Pulido’s Mexican teammates also show their concern through their social media accounts, including goalkeepers Guillermo “Memo” Ocho and Jesus Corona, strikers Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and Oribe Peralta and defenders Miguel Layun and Diego Reyes.

Tamaulipas is a state in Mexico where kidnappings are frequent, and more security forces have been sent and tasked to deal with drug cartels here.

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