Indian priest kidnapped in Yemen reaches New Delhi

Updated: 11:42 GMT, Sep 28, 2017 | Published: 09:32 GMT, Sep 28, 2017 |

An Indian priest, who was rescued from Yemen earlier this month, arrived in national capital New Delhi on Thursday (September 28).

Father Tom Uzhunnalil was abducted in March 2016 when four unidentified gunmen attacked a care home in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden, killing four Indian nuns, two Yemeni female staff members, eight elderly residents and a guard.

Uzhunnalil was welcomed at the Indira Gandhi International airport by priests and nuns. He expressed his happiness and thanked God for helping him reach home safely.

The Catholic priest is likely to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and foreign minister Sushma Swaraj later in the day.

Oman’s state news agency ONA on September 12 had reported that Uzhunnalil was rescued and posted a picture of him appearing in good health after being transferred to the Omani capital Muscat.

Oman has frequently helped facilitate the release of foreign nationals detained in Yemen.

After his rescue, the Catholic Priest flew to the Vatican on September 13 to meet the Pope and spent some days in the holy city before deciding to return to his home country.

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