Alan Pulido (L) of Mexico celebrates his second goal with Isaac Brizuela during a FIFA friendly match between Mexico and South Korea at Alamodome Stadium on January 29, 2014 in San Antonio, United States.
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By Rishi Iyengar
May 30, 2016

Mexican soccer player Alan Pulido, kidnapped Sunday in the country’s northern state of Tamaulipas, was rescued after several hours in captivity, officials said early Monday morning.

A statement from the Tamaulipas division of Mexico’s security forces said Pulido was rescued shortly before midnight, the Associated Press reported.

The statement added that the 25-year-old star, who plays for the Mexican national team and Greek soccer club Olympiacos, is being medically assessed, but did not provide further details or a motive for the kidnapping.

Pulido was reportedly abducted early Sunday after a party near his hometown, state capital Ciudad Victoria. The region, located close to the U.S. border, has long been plagued by drug-related crime.


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