Kerala Priest Tom Uzhunnalil rescued from ISIS captivity

Indian priest Tom Uzhunnalil arrives in Muscat on Tuesday by a Royal Air Force of Oman flight after his release ONA

Indian priest Tom Uzhunnalil arrives in Muscat on Tuesday by a Royal Air Force of Oman flight after his release ONA

Father Tom Uzhunnalil, an Indian priest from Kerala who was kidnapped by the Islamic State in Yemen past year has been rescued, India's external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj informed on Twitter.

Father Tom Uzhunnalil, a Vatican priest hailing from India, who was abducted past year in Yemen, has been rescued. External Affairs MInister shared the information on Twitter saying, "Father Tom Uzhunnalil has reached Vatican".

Father Tom Uzhunnalil has finally been released after being kidnapped more than 18 months ago. Official confirmation came from a tweet by Sushma Swaraj, the Honourable Indian Foreign Minister. Uzhunnalil will be soon brought back to India.

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Pope Francis advocated for Fr. Tom, calling for his immediate release in April of 2016. It's miracle that he alone among the live targets, barring a nun in hiding, was spared by the terrorists, who shot down 15 people at the care of the Missionaries of Charity in Aden in Yemen.

In a video released on a local website in May, Father Uzhunnalil pleaded for help. Meanwhile, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India thanked the Indian Government for its persistence.

Later in 2016, December, another video emerged, in which Father Tom Uzhunalil even criticised the government for his situation.

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Uzhunnalil's ancestral home in Ramapuram in Kottayam district is presently shut as two of his brothers live overseas, while another lives in Gujarat.

ONA published a picture of Father Uzhunnalil "appearing in good health" following his release and transfer to the Omani capital, Muscat. Prayers and cries for help from all over the world erupted for the release of the kidnapped priest. "In several meetings, the foreign minister assured us that the (Indian) government would do everything possible to release him".

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