Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Indian priest abducted by ISIS in Yemen rescued: Sushma Swaraj

Indian priest abducted by ISIS in Yemen rescued: Sushma Swaraj

Catholic priest Tom Uzhunnalil, who was abducted by the Islamic State in Yemen past year, has been rescued, Union foreign minister Sushma Swaraj said on Tuesday. Father Uzhunnalil, who has been brought to Muscat, will reportedly fly down to his hometown of Kerala later today.

After being held hostage by the ISIS for 18 months, Kerala's Father Tom Uzhunnalil has finally been rescued.

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj confirmed the news via her Twitter handle at 3:45 pm on Tuesday, September 12.

Father Uzhunnalil was abducted in March 2016 by the ISIS fighters which attacked an old-age home, run by Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, in southern Yemeni city of Aden. In the wake of reports of the priest's release, Congress MP K.C.Venugopal urged government should take measures to fly him home in good health. Gunmen posing as relatives of one of the residents at the home burst inside, killing 16 including four Indian nuns. The union government had time and again assured it would manage to secure the release.

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In a video uploaded on December, 2016 the priest appealed to Pope Francis and the Centre to secure his release from the captors.

In May, a video of the Indian priest was posted online and he was seen to be in poor health, calling for help. "They are treating me well to the extent they are able", he said, speaking slowly in English.

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