Luis Diaz's father is being released after he was verified as a family member of Liverpool star, Colombian terrorists ELN confirm in a statement:

Luis Diaz's father is set to be released by his kidnappers after he was verified as a family member of the Liverpool player, Colombian terrorist group Ejercito de Liberacion Nacional (ELN) has confirmed in a statement.

Diaz's father, Luis Manuel Diaz, and mother, Cilenis Marulanda, were abducted at gun-point on Saturday by the left-wing guerrilla group.

The pair were, according to local reports, abducted from the town of Barrancas in La Guajira, Colombia before they fled the scene. 

The left-wing ELN insurgent group, branded a terrorist organization by the US government and EU, was identified on Thursday as the group responsible for Luis Manuel's abduction.

The ELN, which is currently holding peace talks with the government after declaring a ceasefire in its long-standing war against the Colombian state, had promised to secure 58-year-old Mr Diaz's release in a matter of hours on Thursday after being identified as the culprits.

And despite a brief pause which Colombian President Gustavo Petro described as 'very dangerous', the ELN has revealed the process to release Luis Manuel has now started.

We salute Colombia and the Caribbean,' the group said in a statement released to El Colombiano. 'We are in solidarity with the families who experience pain and tragedies due to unemployment, the criminal violence of paramilitarism and the abandonment of the State. The corruption of political clans is the main threat to the stability of the region.

'The Northern War Front has commands with economic missions and one of them carries out a privation of freedom, which, after being reported and verified that it is the priest of Lucho Diaz, is guided by his release because he is a family member of the great sportsman that we all love as Colombians.

'From that moment on, the release process begins and we want to avoid any incident. Firm in the search for the paths of peace, with the necessary transformations that the country needs. From the Caribbean.' 

On Sunday, it emerged that Diaz's mother had been rescued after she was left in a car by the guerrilla group, as members of ELN dragged his father away. 

She made her first appearance since the kidnapping earlier this week, demanding that the abductors release her partner safely before leading hundreds on a march in their home town. 


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