Priest grate­ful to be re­leased

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FA­THER Tom Uzhan­nalil, the In­dian Catholic priest from Ker­ala who was ab­ducted by ter­ror­ists in Ye­men, ex­pressed his thanks to the Naren­dra Modi gov­ern­ment for its con­cern to se­cure his re­lease.

“I am thank­ful to the pres­i­dent (Ram Nath Kovind) and the prime pin­is­ter (Naren­dra Modi) and all the min­is­ters con­cerned who­ever has (ex­pressed) con­cern,” Uzhan­nalil said.

“Thanks to the coun­try lead­ers and coun­try­men. May God bless all of them for their re­sponse,” he added.

Uzhan­nalil said the ter­ror­ists who ab­ducted him did not hurt him.

He said his cap­tors would have re­sponded to the mis­sives that came for his re­lease.

Uzhun­nalil, ab­ducted by ter­ror­ists in Aden in March last year, was res­cued from cap­tiv­ity from an undis­closed lo­ca­tion in Ye­men.

The Sul­tanate of Oman helped to find and res­cue Uzhan­nalil, who is an em­ployee of the Vat­i­can.

Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Min­is­ter Sushma Swaraj had tweeted about the Catholic priest’s re­lease.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports reach­ing Ker­ala, af­ter his re­lease, the priest was flown from Ye­men to Mus­cat.

He later left Oman on a char­tered flight for the Vat­i­can.

He will be flown to Ker­ala. – IANS

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