NEW DELHI: Kerala priest Father Tom Uzhunnalil, who was abducted allegedly by ISIS militants in Yemen last year, has been rescued, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said on Tuesday.
The release of the Indian Christian priest was reportedly secured by Oman, AFP news agency said.
Referring to the priest, a report by Oman Observer said: He has been transferred to Muscat from where he will return to his home in Kerala."
A statement quoting the state-run Oman News Agency, which published in the Oman Observer, said Father Tom "expressed thanks to God Almighty" following his release.
"In compliance with the His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, Oman in coordination with the Yemeni parties have managed find a Vatican priest. He has been transferred to Muscat from where he will return to his home in Kerala. Tom Uzhunnalil, a Vatican priest, expressed thanks to God Almighty and appreciation to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos. He also thanked his brothers and sisters and all relatives and friends who called on God for safety and release," said the state-run news agency's statement.
Father Tom, who hails from Ramapuram in Kottayam, was abducted allegedly by terror group ISIS on March 4 last year, during an attack on an old-age home run by Missionaries of Charity in the Yemeni city of Aden.