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Kerala rejoices release of Father Tom Uzhunnalil

The 57-year-old priest was working as a missionary in Yemen and helping Missionaries of Charity sisters to run an old age home when he was abducted.

Kerala today expressed joy over the release of Father Tom Uzhunnalil, a Salesian priest who was abducted in March 2016 in Eden.

The 57-year-old priest was working as a missionary in Yemen and helping Missionaries of Charity sisters to run an old age home when he was abducted.

He was taken into custody after 15 persons including four Indian nuns were killed by ISIS rebels.

Father Tom belongs to Ramapuram in Kottyam district in Kerala.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan expressed his happiness over the release of Father Tom’s. 

“It’s with great happiness we welcome Father Tom Uzhunnalil’s release from abductors. Government of Kerala will offer all help for his treatment. We understand that it was Yemeni government’s intervention and negotiations which helped make his release possible. I join in the joy of his family.”

Ramapuram, in Kottyama district celebrated Father Tom’s release with prayers.

Beaming with joy his uncle UA Mathew, a retired school teacher told that he has “no words to describe his joy”.

“We came to know about his release. We thank God for his release and waiting for his arrival,” Mathew told.

Father Tom was suffering from acute diabetes and blood pressure.

According to new reports, he has reached Muscat and will travel to Rome. His return to India is yet to be scheduled.

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