'My captors didn't harm me physically': Father Tom Uzhunnalil

ANI | Updated: Sep 28, 2017 20:24 IST

New Delhi [India] September 28, (ANI): Indian origin Vatican priest, Father Tom Uzhunnalil, who returned to the national capital today, said his captors did not harm him physically.

Father Tom Uzhunnalil thanked the almighty for his rescue from Yemen.

While addressing a press conference here, father Tom said, "God has a mission for all of us and my mission has, to be present for the old and the dying. I have prayed for those who kept me (captive). They gave me food and didn't harm me physically. Initially they asked who'll help me out from this situation- the government or Church? After some time they stopped asking me."

Father Tom reached Delhi earlier today at 7.40 am and paid gratitude to all those who made his freedom possible.

Earlier at the Delhi airport father Tom told reporters, "I am very happy; thank Almighty for making this day possible. I am grateful to all those people who have worked in their own way (to secure my release)".

Soon after that, father Tom met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

Father Uzhunnalil was rescued on September 12.

He was reportedly kidnapped on March 4, 2016 by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) in Yemen, when they attacked a retirement home in Aden run by the Missionaries of Charity, killing sixteen people, including four nuns. (ANI)