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Mexican footballer Pulido rescued after kidnapping

Published:Monday | May 30, 2016 | 2:18 PM
In a June 29, 2014 file photo, Mexico's Alan Pulido consoles teammate Javier Hernandez (14) after the Netherlands defeated Mexico 2-1 during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between the Netherlands and Mexico at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil.

Mexican international footballer Alan Pulido is safe after police rescued him from kidnappers who seized him in north-eastern Mexico.

The 25-year-old Pulido was abducted at gunpoint on Saturday night in his hometown of Ciudad Victoria in Tamaulipas state.

Reports are that the striker, who plays for Greek team Olympiakos, phoned police while his captors were distracted. 

A 38-year-old man has been arrested.

Officials say the man confessed to belonging to a local criminal gang.

PHOTO: Mexican soccer player Alan Pulido (left) stands next to Tamaulipas State Governor Egidio Torre Cantu after Pulido was rescued from kidnappers early today.

Police are searching for three more men believed to have been involved in the kidnapping.

Pulido was kidnapped after his car was surrounded by several vehicles as he was leaving a party with his girlfriend on Saturday night.

Masked men took him away, leaving his girlfriend unharmed in the car park where the incident took place.

Tamaulipas is one of Mexico's most violent states, and Mexico recently deployed more security forces to tackle cartels operating in the area.

The country has one of the world's highest kidnapping rates, with government figures saying some one thousand people are abducted every year.