External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday said that an Indian national, a priest, Father Tom Uzhunnalil, has been abducted by ‘terrorists’ in Yemen.
Swaraj said in a series of tweets that although the Indian Embassy in Yemen was shut down, the camp in Dijbouti is trying to ascertain the developments to find ways to secure his release.
Father Tom Uzhunnalil - an Indian national has been abducted by terrorists in Yemen./1— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) March 5, 2016
Meanwhile, the external affairs ministry clarified that only one Indian nurse, and not four, was killed in an attack in strife-torn Yemen’s Aden on Friday.
However, our Camp office in Djibouti is trying to ascertain the whereabouts of Father Tom Uzhunnalil so that we can secure his release./3— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) March 5, 2016
Earlier, Swaraj had tweeted that four Indian nurses were killed in the attack, asking all Indians living in “danger zones” to return home. She also said the nurses stayed back in Yemen, ignoring advisories by the government.
Sixteen people were killed in Aden when a group of terrorists stormed an elderly care home run by a Kolkata-based Missionaries of Charity, spraying bullets at residents. There are around 80 residents at the home.