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Luis Diaz's dad kidnapped by guerrilla army terrorists say Colombian government

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Luis Diaz's dad kidnapped by guerrilla army terrorists say Colombian government

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The Colombian government have revealed Liverpool star Luis Diaz's abducted dad is being held captive by guerrilla insurgency group ELN, who say they were unaware and will now release him

Liverpool star Luis Diaz's dad was kidnapped by left-wing guerrilla army terrorists - who have reportedly vowed to release him.

Diaz Sr has now missing for the last five days. Both he and Diaz's mum, Cilenis Marulanda, were abducted last week, but she was later released while he remained in captivity.

A statement issued by the Colombian government on Thursday (November 2) announced he's being held by the National Liberation Army (ELN), the largest leftist group of its kind in the South American country.

They called for demanded his "immediate release", adding: "We remind them that it is their entire responsibility to guarantee his life and integrity.

We remind the ELN that kidnapping is a criminal practice, in violation of International Humanitarian Law, and that it is their duty in the development of the current peace process, not only to stop carrying it out, but also to eliminate it forever.

"As part of the development of the ceasefire agreement, our delegation will present this case to the Monitoring and Verification Mechanism in force, and will carry out all the necessary steps to ensure that the ELN is able to comply with the ceasefire agreement."

Reports have since emerged that the ELN were unaware they were responsible for the kidnapping, and they will now ask the responsible unit to release him.

The ELN, which was founded in 1964 following the civil war, is one of the most powerful insurgent groups in Colombia. They've been engaged in on-off peace talks with the government since 2018 - which were halted after a car bomb killed 21 people outside a police academy in Bogota in January 2019.

They're estimated to have between 2,500 and 3,000 members, led by 67-year-old military commander Eliecer Herlinto Chamorro Acosta, better known as Antonio Garcia.

He, like many other senior ELN figures, no longer resides in Colombia and is believed to live in either Cuba or Venezuela. Their illegal activities also include mining gold and trafficking drugs.

No further update on the status of Diaz Sr was given by the government. He and his wife were abducted from a petrol station by armed men on motorcycles on Saturday (October 28), sparking a search by air and land patrols.

Members of the country's special forces covered a mountain range that straddles Colombia's border with Venezuela, where it was feared he may have been taken. A $48,000 (£39k) reward for information was offered.

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