International soccer player Alan Pulido freed after kidnapping in Tamaulipas

Pulido was part of the Mexican team at the 2014 World Cup. (AFP)
Pulido was part of the Mexican team at the 2014 World Cup. (AFP)


International football player Alan Pulido has been rescued in northeast Mexico hours after he was kidnapped, officials say.

Pulido, 25, appeared with a bandaged hand and told reporters he was “very well”.

Officials said the rescue operation was carried out on Sunday night, without giving more details.

The striker plays for the Greek team Olympiakos and has made several appearances for Mexico’s national team.

Pulido was kidnapped in Ciudad Victoria, in Tamaulipas state, on Saturday night, officials said in a statement. Earlier reports said his abduction had taken place in the early hours of Sunday.

He had left a party with his girlfriend when their car was surrounded by several trucks, local media reported.

Six masked men reportedly took the striker away “by force” while his girlfriend was left unharmed in the car park where the incident took place.

Authorities did not give details of the rescue operation, which included federal and local officials.

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