Current Conditions

Partly Cloudy
4.8°C

Abducted Indian priest rescued in Yemen after 18 months

September 12, 2017 - 5:15 AM

NEW DELHI - An Indian Catholic priest who was kidnapped by militants from a home for the aged in Yemen has been rescued after 18 months of captivity, an Indian official said Tuesday.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Twitter that Tom Uzhunnalil had been rescued but gave no details.

Uzhunnalil had worked for more than four years as a chaplain at the home in Aden in southern Yemen established by Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity.

He was abducted by militants in March last year when they attacked the home, killing 16 people including four nuns. The militants also destroyed the chapel and the centre.

There were about 80 residents at the home at the time of the attack. Missionaries of Charity nuns also came under attack in Yemen in 1998, when gunmen killed three nuns in the Red Sea port city of Hodeida.

The Hindustan Times newspaper said the priest was flown from Yemen to Muscat, the capital of Oman, after his release.

"Our prayers were finally heard. We thank all who stood with us in trying times," the newspaper quoted the priest's older brother, Mathew, as saying.

Uzhunnalil comes from Ramapuram in the southern Indian state of Kerala.

News from © The Associated Press, 2017
The Associated Press

  • Popular kamloops News
  • Comments
View Site in: Desktop | Mobile