13 September 2017
– by Tola Mbakwe
According to an Indian foreign minister, a priest that was abducted by Islamic State militants in Yemen last year has been released.
Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj made the announcement of Fr Tom Urelease in a tweet on Tuesday that read: “I am happy to inform that Fr Tom has been rescued.”
He was kidnapped when gunmen destroyed a care home he was serving at run by nuns in the capital Aden. Four nuns and 12 others were murdered in the attack.
The Indian priest later emerged in a video last December, begging for his life. The video confirmed he was in very poor health. He claimed authorities would’ve made greater efforts to release him if he was a European rather than Indian priest.
The Salesians of Bangalore, a Catholic order in India, said in a statement via news agency ANS: “We are deeply distressed by the delay in assuring his release.”
Pope Francis has previously appealed for the release of Fr Tom.
Article source: www.premier.org.uk