New Delhi, Saturday: With the news spread that an Indian priest from Kerala was allegedly abducted by the terrorist group Islamic State (ISIS) in Yemen, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday said that the central government is making all efforts to rescue the priest Fr Tom Uzhunnallil. Also Read - IPL 2021: Controversial Bangladeshi Author Taslima Nasreen Faces Backlash For Her 'ISIS' Comment on CSK's Moeen Ali Following Jersey Row
Informing the government seriousness about the issue, Swaraj tweeted “Fr Tom Uzhunnallil – an Indian national from Kerala was abducted by a terror group in Yemen. We r making all efforts to secure his release”. ALSO READ: 4 Indian nuns among 16 gunned down by terrorists in Yemen Also Read - Sushma Swaraj's Statue to be Installed in Vidisha: MP CM on Former EAM's Birth Anniversary
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The information about the alleged abduction by ISIS of Indian priest was received on March 4. Fr Uzhunnalil was abducted, while 16 others were killed, including four nuns in the attack by four gunmen at a retirement home in Aden.
There were rumours that the Indian priest would be crucified and tortured on Good Friday. The Franciscan Sisters of Siessen based in South Africa have posted that they suspect that ISIS might crucify Fr Uzhunnalil and due to this there was a panic in Kerala.