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Indian Salesian abducted in Yemen freed

Indian Salesian Fr Tom Uzhunnalil, who was abducted by Daesh militants in Yemen and held captive for more than a year, has been freed.

According to Oman’s state-run news agency ONA, Fr Uzhunnalil was ‘rescued’ by Oman authorities ‘in coordination with the Yemeni parties’.

Upon his release, the Salesian priest ‘expressed thanks to God almighty and appreciation to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos (of Oman). He also thanked his brothers and sisters and all relatives and friends who called on God for safety and release,’ ONA reported on 12th September.

Fr Uzhunnalil was kidnapped on 4th March 2016, from a home for the aged and disabled run by the Missionaries of Charity in Aden, Yemen. Four Missionaries of Charity and 12 others were murdered in the attack.

“We express our deep gratitude to God for the happy conclusion of this incident,” Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, secretary general of the Indian bishops’ conference, told Fides, the news agency of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples.

Picture: Indian Salesian Fr Tom Uzhunnalil, who was abducted by Daesh militants in Yemen and held captive for more than a year, has been freed. He is pictured in an undated photo. (CNS photo/courtesy of Salesians).