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Govt making all efforts to secure release of Indian priest abducted in Yemen: Sushma Swaraj

Fr Uzhunnalil was reportedly kidnapped on March 4 after four gunmen attacked a retirement home in Aden run by the Missionaries of Charity.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj

India is making all efforts to secure the release of a priest from Kerala who was abducted by a terror group in Yemen last month, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Saturday.

The minister’s remarks came in the wake of reports claiming that the terror group planned to execute the priest on Good Friday. However, there was no report of any harm having come to him so far.

Swaraj tweeted admitting that the Indian priest was kidnapped in Yemen.

“Father Tom Uzhunnallil — an Indian national from Kerala — was abducted by a terror group in Yemen. We are making all efforts to secure his release,” Swaraj said.

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Uzhunnalil had gone missing in Yemen after Islamic State militant group attacked a care home run by Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity.

“Yemen is a conflict zone. We do not have Embassy there. But we will spare no efforts to rescue Father Tom Uzhunnalil,” Swaraj had tweeted earlier.

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Gunmen had stormed the refuge for the elderly earlier this month and killed a Yemeni guard before tying up and shooting 15 other employees. Four foreign nuns, including an Indian, working as nurses were among those killed.

First published on: 27-03-2016 at 03:26:06 am
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