A Catholic priest from Kerala who was abducted by the Islamic State in Yemen last year has been rescued, Union foreign minister Sushma Swaraj said on Tuesday.
The priest, Tom Uzhunnalil, was abducted during a terrorist raid on a Missionaries of Charity-run old age home in Aden in Yemen on March 4, 2016. At least 16 people including four nuns were killed in the attack. Uzhunnalil belongs to Ramapuram village in Kerala's Kottayam district.
Father Tom was rescued after intervention of Oman's foreign ministry.
Tom Uzhunnalil hails from Kottayam in Kerala.
Father Tom will fly back to Kerala via Muscat, Oman.
Father Tom's rescue efforts were hampered because India doesn't have a diplomatic mission in war-torn Yemen.