Missing Indian priest in Yemen abducted by ‘terrorists’: Sushma Swaraj

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 06, 2016 01:30 IST
Yemeni security forces gather outside an elderly care home after it was attacked by gunmen in the port city of Aden on Friday. (AP File)

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.

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.

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.

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