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New Delhi: Father Tom Uzhunnalil, a Kerala priest who was abducted from Yemen in 2016, has been rescued from the ISIS captivity, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted this afternoon.

I am happy to inform that Father Tom Uzhunnalil from Kerala has been rescued; EAM Sushma Swaraj was quoted as saying.

Kerala priest Tom Uzhunnalil was kept in the captivity of the Islamic State after he was abducted from Yemen in 2016.

He was rescued after efforts by the Oman Foreign Ministry and Yemeni officials.

Father Tom, who hails from Ramapuram in Kottayam, was abducted allegedly by terror group ISIS on March 4 last year, during an attack on an old-age home run by Missionaries of Charity in the Yemeni city of Aden.

At least 15 people at the home were killed in the attack.

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