Aden, Mar 28: Indian priest Tom Uzhunnalil was reportedly crucified by Islamic State (ISIS) on Good Friday. The gruesome act was committed by the Yemen unit of the dreaded terror outfit.Also Read - Gautam Gambhir Receives Death Threat From 'ISIS Kashmir', Security Beefed Up Outside His House
Father Uzhunnalil was abducted by ISIS on March 4 in the aftermath of an attack on a church in Aden. At least 16 people were killed in the Catholic prayer hall by the Islamic militants. Eyewitnesses reveal that Father Uzhunnalil was dragged out of his room and loaded into a van. The militants were not to be seen again in the region again following the attack. (ALSO READ: Aden attack: Indian priest, nun still missing, Sushma Swaraj assures all help) Also Read - Roadside Bombing Targets Taliban Vehicle, Ends Up Killing 2 Afghan Civilians Including Child
Although, local authorities called it a case of kidnapping, the Franciscan Sisters of Siessen, who administered the church which was attacked, revealed that Father Uzhunnalil was taken as a captive by the ISIS. One of nuns, while speaking to a Christian website claimed that ISIS operatives made contact and informed them about the torture which was being inflicted on the priest. Also Read - Jammu And Kashmir: NIA Raids 16 Locations in 'ISIS-Voice of Hind', Bathindi IED Recovery Cases
Franciscan Sisters of Siessen claimed on their Facebook page that Father Uzhunnalil was going to be crucified on Good Friday as revealed to them by ISIS militants.
Based on the reports of local media, Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn of Vienna confirmed the death of Father Uzhunnalil during the Easter Vigil Mass. A report of Washington Post, based upon local sources also confirms the same.
However, Ministry of External Affairs have denied confirming the death of Father Uzhunnalil. Addressing a press conference on Monday, MEA officials refused to accept the veracity of the reports which claim that Uzhunnalil has been crucified.