Missing Indian priest held by suspected Islamic State militants in Yemen

"We are aware that no group has yet claimed the criminal attack... but information points to the involvement of Daesh," said the source, who asked to remain anonymous, using an Arabic acronym for IS.

By: AFP | Aden | Updated: March 6, 2016 8:16 pm
Yemeni security forces gather outside an elderly care home after it was attacked by gunmen in the port city of Aden, Yemen, Friday, March 4, 2016. Unidentified gunmen stormed a retirement home run by Catholic nuns in the southern city of Aden on Friday shooting more than a dozen people to death, including several Indian nuns, Yemeni security officials and witnesses said. (AP Photo/Wael Qubady) Yemeni security forces gather outside an elderly care home after it was attacked by gunmen in the port city of Aden, Yemen, Friday, March 4, 2016. (Source: AP)

An Indian priest missing after an attack on a care home run in Yemen is being held by the assailants, likely militants from the Islamic State group, officials said on Sunday.

Yemeni authorities have blamed IS for the Friday attack on the refuge for the elderly operated by Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in main southern city Aden.

“According to our information, the extremists who attacked the elderly care home in Aden have kidnapped priest Tom Uzhunnalil, a 56-year-old Indian, who was taken to an unknown location,” a Yemeni security official told AFP.

“We are aware that no group has yet claimed the criminal attack… but information points to the involvement of Daesh,” said the source, who asked to remain anonymous, using an Arabic acronym for IS.

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Gunmen stormed the refuge killing a Yemeni guard before tying up and shooting 15 other employees, officials said. Four foreign nuns working as nurses were among those killed.

The Vatican missionary news agency Fides identified the nuns as two Rwandans, a Kenyan and an Indian, adding that the mother superior managed to hide and survive while an Indian priest was missing.

The internationally recognised government in war-torn Yemen is grappling with both an Iran-backed rebellion and a growing jihadist presence.

The Vatican’s Secretary of State Pietro Parolin has said Pope Francis “was shocked and profoundly saddened” to learn of “this act of senseless and diabolical violence.”

Al-Qaeda and IS have stepped up attacks in Aden, targeting mainly loyalists and members of a Saudi-led coalition battling Huthi rebels and their allies since March last year.

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    vidya
    Mar 6, 2016 at 8:33 pm
    These missionaries ignore requests from MEA to return from conflict zones and then expect the government to rescue them. That's absolutely irresponsible and a unnecessary drain on indian resources.
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    Indiana Jones
    Mar 26, 2016 at 4:45 am
    Surprised by the comments of many fellow indians. Indian culture doesn't stop at festivals and beef bans. It definitely entails looking after the well being of fellow humans. A priest who was involved in taking care of the desute and old requires our praise and sympathy in the present situation. Are we such rogues like the isis sees everything through the prism of religion?
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    BharatK
    Mar 6, 2016 at 9:58 pm
    Just SHUT UP your mouth. Stop christian missionary terrors in India and in other countries. Yemeni should behead these criminals as Afghan did to South Korean missionary terrorists.
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    BharatK
    Mar 6, 2016 at 6:21 pm
    Why christian missionaries goes there for soul-harvesting? Govt must stop helping these criminals.
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    Siva
    Mar 6, 2016 at 8:38 pm
    While your father produced a secular thug...
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    michelle_vedic_human
    Mar 7, 2016 at 7:01 am
    These veticans are distendents of those converted invaded VERTICANS who looted HINDUSTAN turn against their own HINDU ancestors after brainwashed and conversion,---now they against each other killing,---KARMA is catching up with them,----Muslims,----CHRISTAINs the murders of genocides in the history of any other mankind,----Kashmir,---Hindu kush is one such example,--good one VETICANS will be less of those of millions of Hindus killed during invasion.
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    P Balu
    Mar 6, 2016 at 6:53 pm
    Here the criminal is your dad for producing a communal thug.
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    satnam
    Mar 7, 2016 at 7:57 am
    Why Brinda Karath and secular brigade not shouting slogans in front of Yemen emby
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