Father Tom Uzhunnalli freed from kidnappers

September 12, 2017 by  
Filed under India, newsletter-india

India, September 12, 2017: Father Thomas Uzhunnalil who was kidnapped by suspected Islamic terrorists 18-months ago in Yemen has been rescued and taken to Muscat and will soon fly back to India, officials confirmed.

The Salesian priest was “released” Sept. 12 and “he is in safe hands,” said a communique posted in the website of Abu Dhabi Catholic Diocese that covers the area.

Bishop Paul Hinder of Abu Dhabi 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 quoting officials in Oman said the priest will be flown to India soon. Church officials could not immedaitely verify details.

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.

– ucan

Enter Google AdSense Code Here

Speak Your Mind

Tell us what you're thinking...
and oh, if you want a pic to show with your comment, go get a gravatar!