Catholic Priest free after 16 months in terrorist captivity


Kidnapped Indian Priest Tom Uzhunnalil Rescued From Yemen:- An Indian priest, Father Tom Uzhunnalil, kidnapped after an attack on a old-age home run in Yemen's southern port city of Aden, a year ago has been released from captivity in Yemen.

(Vatican Radio) An Indian Catholic priest abducted by unknown gunmen in Yemen previous year, has been freed after 18 months of captivity, the Indian government said on Tuesday.

"I am happy to inform that Father Tom Uzhunnalil has been rescued", Swaraj tweeted with a photograph of the priest.

"In particular, I wish to remember Salesian priest Tom Uzhunnalil, who was abducted in Aden, Yemen last March 4".

An Indian Catholic priest abducted by Yemeni militants in Aden has been rescued 18 months after he was taken into Islamic State (Isis) captivity. The attackers killed 16 people, including an Indian nun, eight elderly residents and a guard.

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Several leaders in Kerala also hailed the news of Uzhunnalil's rescue including state's chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and former chief minister Oommen Chandy.

Meanwhile preparations began at Father Uzhunnalil residence in Kerala's Kottayam distrcit, to welcome him. He provided no details, but thanked government officials who had worked for Father Uzuhunnalil's safe return.

The Sultanate of Oman said in a statement that it had helped to find and rescue the kidnapped priest, whom it called a Vatican employee, according to The Times of Oman.

ONA published a picture of Father Uzhunnalil "appearing in good health" following his release and transfer to the Omani capital, Muscat. "Millions of people prayed in the world for the release of Fr Tom and today we can tell everyone: "this is the power of prayer", he added.