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Priest Kidnapped by Terrorists Is Freed

Indian Salesian Father Tom Uzhunnalil, who was kidnapped in Yemen more than a year ago, is seen in a screen grab from a YouTube video. (Photo: Catholic News Service)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Indian Salesian Father Tom Uzhunnalil, who was abducted by Islamic State militants in Yemen and held captive for more than a year, was freed.

Nuns pray in Bangalore, India, for the safety of Indian Salesian Father Tom Uzhunnalil, who was abducted in 2016 in Yemen by a terror group. Yemen’s foreign minister told Indian officials that Father Uzhunnalil is still alive, and efforts to trace him continue. (Photo: Catholic News Service/Jagadeesh Nv, EPA)

According to Oman’s state-run news agency ONA, Father Uzhunnalil was “rescued” by Oman authorities “in coordination with the Yemeni parties.” Father Uzhunnalil was kidnapped March 4, 2016, from a home for the aged and disabled run by the Missionaries of Charity in Aden, Yemen.

 

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