mexican star pulido kidnapped
CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico — Federal and state forces mounted an extensive search Sunday for Mexican soccer star Alan Pulido, who was abducted in the crime-plagued northern border state of Tamaulipas.
Pulido, 25, is a forward for Olympiakos of Greece and was part of Mexico's 2014 World Cup team. He wasn't called up for the Copa America tournament that starts this coming week.
"We have information that he was intercepted by armed persons, and since then his whereabouts are unknown," State Attorney General Ismael Quintanilla said.
The Tamaulipas Coordination Group, which includes federal and state security agents, said on its Twitter account that it was searching for Pulido. Reporters in the city saw an unusual deployment of troops and police in the streets, while at least two police or military-style helicopters flew overhead.
A state official earlier said Pulido was kidnapped early Sunday after leaving a party near his hometown, Ciudad Victoria, the capital of Tamaulipas, a state that has suffered battles between major drug gangs.
Authorities gave no details about the kidnapping or a motive for the abduction, which happened a week before state elections to pick a new governor for Tamaulipas.
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