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 - IPL 2021: Controversial Bangladeshi Author Taslima Nasreen Faces Backlash For Her 'ISIS' Comment on CSK's Moeen Ali Following Jersey Row
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 - Restrictions on Number of People Visiting Sacred Heart Cathedral in Delhi on Easter
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 - Banks to Stay Shut For Customers on April 1, 2 | Details Here
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.