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Kerala Priest kidnapped in Yemen 'safe', says Sushma Swaraj

Father Tom Uzhunnalil, who was kidnapped by a terror group in Yemen, is "safe" and efforts are in progress for his early release, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj informed a delegation of Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI), the organization's spokesman said on Sunday.

Father Gyanprakash Topno, spokesman of CBCI said that the minister informed the delegation that more details cannot be revealed at this stage.

Father Tom Uzhunnalil, who is from Kerala, was kidnapped last month by a terror group in Yemen, a conflict zone. He was reported missing in Yemen after the Islamic State militant group launched an attack on a care home run by Mother Teresas Missionaries of Charity.

Gunmen had ramped up the refuge for the elderly earlier this month and killed a Yemeni guard before shooting 15 other employees.

Four foreign nuns, including an Indian, employed as nurses were among those killed. Father Tom was abducted from the southern Yemeni city of Aden by gunmen who killed at least 15 people at an old people's refuge in an attack that was criticized by Pope Francis.