Abducted priest Tom Uzhunnalil rescued from Yemen after intense Omani efforts

September 12, 2017

In compliance with His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said's instructions, Omani government officials in coordination with Yemeni parties have managed to find and rescue Vatican priest Father Tom Uzhunnalil, who was kidnapped in Yemen in March last year.

Fr Uzhunnalil expressed thanks to God Almighty and appreciation to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said. He also thanked his brothers and sisters and all relatives and friends who called on God for safety and release.

Meanwhile, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj announced on Tuesday, "I am happy to inform that Father Tom Uzhunnalil has been rescued," Swaraj tweeted with a photograph of the priest.