ISIS-abducted Indian priest Tom Uzhunnalil rescued from Yemen, Sushma Swaraj confirms


The Sultanate helped to find and rescue the Vatican employee, the government said.

After being held hostage by the ISIS for 18 months, Kerala's Father Tom Uzhunnalil has finally been rescued. "He was transferred this morning to Muscat in preparation for his return home", the government said in a statement online.

Indian Priest Father Tom Uzhunnalil, who was abducted from Yemen past year, has been rescued.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj confirmed the news on micro-blogging site twitter.

Father Tom Uzhunnalil was abducted by ISIS in March 2016 after an attack on an old people's home run by missionaries in the southern port city of Aden. "My health condition is deteriorating quickly and I require hospitalisation as early as possible". The priest also thanked his brothers and sisters and all relatives and friends, the daily reported. At least 15 people had died in the attack.

Earlier, Swaraj had told parliament that all efforts would be made to secure Father Tom's release. "I am perhaps not considered of much value".

In a video uploaded on December, 2016 the priest appealed to Pope Francis and the Centre to secure his release from the captors. "Reports say everything has been done, but in reality, nothing has been done", he said in the video.