Oman Helps in the Release of Indian Priest Abducted in Yemen

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An Indian priest, kidnapped in March 2016 in Yemen, was released with the help of Oman Government. The official Oman News Agency reported that Father Tom Uzhunnalil, who hails from Kerala, was brought to Muscat before being flown to Vatican City. 


Father Uzhunnalil thanked “God almighty, Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the ruler of Oman, my brothers, sisters, relatives and friends who prayed for my safety and release” in a video released by the Omani agency. Vatican officials informed Salesian community province in Bengaluru, India, to which he belongs, that the priest will return home after taking rest and recuperation at Vatican City.  

Suspect IS militants allegedly kidnapped Father Uzhunnalil who was in charge of a care centre for elderly run by the Missionaries of Charity at Aden in Yemen. Oman Government took the initiative for his release at the request of Vatican and in coordination with Yemeni authorities, said the report. The kidnappers had earlier posted two videos of frail priest in which he requested for help.