Govt trying to release kidnapped Indian priest in Yemen: Sushma Swaraj

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New Delhi, March 26: External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday tweeted and confirmed the abduction of an Indian priest in Yemen.

Sushma tweeted: "Fr Tom Uzhunnallil - an Indian national from Kerala was abducted by a terror group in Yemen. We r making all efforts to secure his release."

Also read: One Indian nurse, not 4 killed in Yemen attack: MEA

Indian priest kidnapped in Yemen: govt

According to reports Tom Uzhunnallil was kidnapped by ISIS militants from an old people's home in Aden on March 4. Since then no one knows about Uzhunnallil's whereabouts.

ISIS militants attacked Missionaries of Charity's home for the aged in Aden where an Indian nurse was killed. 16 people were killed in the attack when terrorists stormed the old age home and sprayed bullets at the residents.

Government on Saturday said that they are trying their best to secure the release of Uzhunnallil from Yemen.

External Affairs Ministry Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup had earlier said: "Of the four nurses killed in Yemen, only one is Indian named Cecilia Minz." Swaraj had on March 11 tweeted: "We are trying our best to rescue Fr. Tom Uzhunnali. Our major constraint is we have no Embassy in Yemen."

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