CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) Mexican police have rescued kidnapped soccer player Alan Pulido, who appeared with a bandaged hand at a brief press conference Monday to declare that he was fine. Police and other officials said Pulido, a 25-year-old forward with Greek soccer club Olympiakos, was freed in a security operation Sunday shortly before midnight in the northeast border state of Tamaulipas. Pulido had been seized by gunmen as he left a party Saturday night. In the early hours of Monday, Pulido appeared outside state police offices wearing shorts and a tank top with a bandaged right hand alongside Tamaulipas Gov. Egidio Torre Cantu. When reporters asked him how he was, Pulido replied: ”Very well, thank God.” ”The most important thing is that he is here. He is with us,” Torre Cantu said. Pulido declined to answer other questions and was driven away in a sports utility vehicle. Mexican Federal Police Commissioner Enrique Galindo said in an interview on Radio Formula that there was no violence in the rescue, though Pulido did have a minor injury. Galindo said authorities believe the kidnappers were motivated solely by the potential financial gain. He speculated that the kidnappers thought they could get a… Read full this story
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