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Indian priest abducted by ISIS in Yemen rescued, confirms External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj
A Catholic priest who had been abducted by Islamic State terrorists in Yemen last year has been rescued. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj confirmed the news via her official Twitter handle on Tuesday.

Expressing her pleasure over the priest's evacuation, Swaraj tweeted: "I am happy to inform that Father Tom Uzhunnalil has been rescued."

Father Tom Uzhunnalil, who hails from Kerala, had gone missing in Yemen after the terror group ISIS attacked an old people's care home which is run by the Missionaries of Charity. The terror attack took place at Aden, a southern port city located in Yemen.

Since his abduction, Uzhunnail had made several appeals to the Indian government regarding his release. In a video clip aired by Aden Times in April 2017, the 58-year-old urged to the concerned authorities of India to rescue him saying that his health was deteriorating rapidly.

Besides that, he had also alleged 'poor response' and ineffective efforts from Indian authorities over his release.

"They [the kidnappers] contacted our Indian government authorities several times, and I have seen the message of their response. It was very, very poor," the priest claimed.

Father Uzhunnalil was kidnapped in March 2016, when four gunmen posing as relatives of one of the residents of the Missionaries of Charity home in Aden burst inside and killed four Indian nuns, two Yemeni women staff members, eight elderly residents and a guard.

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