International footballer Alan Pulido rescued

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By BBC Sport

International football player Alan Pulido, who was abducted in north-east Mexico on Sunday, has been rescued, officials say.

Mr Pulido, 25, was seized near Ciudad Victoria, in Tamaulipas state, after leaving a party.

Authorities said he was found safe and sound. Pictures on Mexican media showed him with a bandaged hand.

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

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Local media reports said Mr Pulido had been leaving a party with his girlfriend in the early hours of Sunday morning when their car was surrounded by several trucks.

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.

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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 1,000 people are abducted every year.

Others argue that the true figure could be almost 10 times as high.

Security forces in Mexico launched a major search operation after the abduction.

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Local reporters said they saw soldiers and police officers in the streets of Ciudad Victoria – the capital of the northern border state of Tamaulipas.

 

Mexico has one of the world’s highest kidnapping rates, with government figures saying some 1,000 people are abducted every year.

Others argue that the true figure could be almost 10 times as high.

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