Indian priest abducted by ISIS in Yemen rescued

National Kerala Priest Father Tom Uzhunnalil rescued from Yemen

"We give glory to God and thank all those who prayed and worked untiringly for the release of Father Tom", Sister Prema told AsiaNews Sept. 12.

It is nearly a miracle that Kerala's recently famous missionary, Fr Tom Uzhannalil, has been released from IS captivity, after given up for being crucified on Good Friday in 2016.

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

Father Uzhunnalil, the Indian Christian priest was rescued from the clutches of terror group Islamic State in Yemen on Tuesday. However, he appeared relatively healthy as he stood before a portrait of Oman's Sultan Qaboos, whom he thanked - after thanking God - for his release.

"In different meetings with the Foreign Minister, she assured us that Father Tom was safe and that the Government would do everything to get him released. The government will ensure that all his treatment facilities are taken care of", he added.

"Father Tom Uzhunnalil has reached Vatican", EAM Swaraj said in a tweet on Tuesday.

Chandy had met Governor P Sathasivam along with the priest's relatives, and had been putting pressure on the Centre for the priest's early release.

At least 15 people at the old-age home were killed in the attack. He had communicated twice through video messages, begging to save him from terrorists.

The priest hails from Bharananganam in Pala in Kottayam.

In the earlier video, Uzhunnalil said that there have been reports in the media that everything was being done to secure his release "but in reality, nothing seems to have happened".

The priest is expected to return to his home in Kerala, India shortly.

Rajya Sabha MP and vice chairman NDA Kerala, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, congratulated the Government of Oman and Sawaraj on the release.

Rajya Sabha Member and NDA Kerala Vice chairman Rajeev Chandreasekhar welcomed the news of the priest Fr.Tom Uzhunnalil's release from captivity.

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