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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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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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