Colombia Police Detains 4 In Kidnapping Of Footballer's Father

Police in Colombia have detained four people suspected in the kidnapping of the father of Liverpool footballer Luis Diaz, who was held hostage for nearly two weeks by members of the ELN guerilla group, officials said Saturday.

Luis Manuel Diaz was freed Thursday, 12 days after being abducted by armed men on motorcycles at a gas station in the town of Barrancas near the Venezuelan border.

"We have detained four people allegedly responsible for the kidnapping of Luis Manuel Diaz," the National Police of Colombia said in a statement on social media platform X.

According to the authorities, three of the suspects are members of a gang known as Los Primos or, alternatively, Los Primates, which handled the "logistics of the kidnapping" for ELN.

ELN, which is in peace negotiations with the government and is party to an ongoing six-month ceasefire, has described the kidnapping by one of its units as a "mistake."

Two men with the nicknames "Marlon" and "El Negro" were arrested at dawn Saturday in the municipality of Maicao in northern Colombia.

Another suspect, alias "Arenca," had been detained on October 31 in neighboring Barrancas, the prosecutor's office said in a statement.

Police found two firearms hidden in a piece of furniture in the home of one of the suspects. The name of the fourth suspect was not revealed.