The Mexican ambassador to Venezuela, Carlos Pujalte, and his wife were freed early Monday, hours after being kidnapped in the capital city of Caracas, said a spokesman of the Mexican embassy.
The couple had been kidnapped Sunday night on returning home in Valle Arriba, a neighbourhood in northeastern Caracas and three kilometres from the embassy, Xinhua quoted media reports as saying.
The authorities responded with a rescue operation coordinated by officials from the Penal and Criminal Investigation Group (CICPC), the National Guard (GN) and the National Bolivarian Police (PNB), forcing the kidnappers to release the couple after several hours.
Both were released in their vehicle in Chapellin, a neighbourhood in eastern Caracas.
According to Mexican embassy spokesman Fernando Gondini, both — the ambassador and his wife — were fine and an investigation was now underway,