Indian news site Mint on Saturday quoted external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj as announcing that the Indian government was “making all efforts” to secure the release of Father Tom Uzhunnalil, an Indian national and Catholic priest who was kidnapped by ISIS and reportedly threatened with crucifixion on Good Friday.
Earlier this month, Uzhunnalil was abducted by ISIS in Yemen, at one time cited by President Obama as a “success story” supporting his “small footprint” approach to tackling terrorism. Uzhunnalil disappeared after ISIS forces stormed a home for the elderly run by Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, killing a security guard before tying up and shooting 15 other employees.
Mint reports that Swaraj had tweeted, “Yemen is a conflict zone. We do not have Embassy there. But we will spare no efforts to rescue Father Tom Uzhunnalil.” The United States closed its embassy in Yemen last February; Saudi Arabia, Italy, and Germany followed suit.