Indian priest kidnapped by gunmen in Yemen freed through Omani intervention

Father Tom Uzhunnalil was abducted in March 2016 when four gunmen attacked a care home in Yemen's southern port city of Aden.
Father Tom Uzhunnalil was abducted in March 2016 when four gunmen attacked a care home in Yemen's southern port city of Aden.PHOTO: AFP

DUBAI (Reuters) - An Indian priest kidnapped by gunmen in Yemen last year has been freed, Oman's state news agency ONA said on Tuesday (Sept 12), posting a picture of him appearing in good health.

Father Tom Uzhunnalil was abducted in March 2016 when four gunmen attacked a care home in Yemen's southern port city of Aden.

Oman has frequently helped facilitate the release of foreign nationals who have gone missing or been detained in neighbouring Yemen.

ONA said Father Uzhunnalil was transferred to Muscat before his return home.

ONA did not say which group had been holding him.