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Father Tom Uzhunnalil freed from Kidnappers

8:30 PM, September 12, 2017

India:Salesian Father Thomas Uzhunnalil was abducted by militants on March 4, 2016.

A picture of Father Thomas Uzhunnalil that appeared on the Twitter page of Oman Observer saying the priest was released from the militants who kidnapped him 18-months ago.(From twitter page of Oman Observer)

Father Thomas Uzhunnalil  who was kidnapped by suspected Islamic terrorists 18-months ago in Yemen has been rescued and taken to Muscat and then to Rome.

The Salesian priest was "released" Sept. 12 and "he is in safe hands," said a communique posted in the website of Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia that covers the area.

Bishop Paul Hinder, the Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia, confirmed that the priest who was abducted during the attack on a care home run by the Missionaries of Charity in Aden on March 4, 2016 has been released.

Federal home ministry officials in New Delhi also confirmed the freedom of the priest, but said they do not know details of his current location or arrival to India.

However, a Twitter post from the Oman Observer said the priest was flown to Muscat and released a picture of him standing in a large room.

Local media reports said the priest was first taken to Muscat.

Father Uzhunnalil has been flown to Rome, where he will spend some time to recover from the 18-month ordeal before heading for India, and to his home state Kerala, Salesian officials in Bangalore said. 

Father Uzhunnalil, a member of Bangalore Province of the Salesians of Don Bosco, worked as chaplain at the care home in Yemen. The attackers also killed four Missionaries of Charity nuns and at least 12 others who were at the home for the aged.

Source: UCAN

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