An indian priest kidnapped by militants in Yemen 18 months ago has described his ordeal.

Fr Tom Uzhunnalil, who was abducted from a Missionaries of Charity care home in Aden, told reporters it was a mystery why he was not killed. On the day of his kidnap four nuns and 12 others were murdered by gunmen.

Seeing a group of Missionaries of Charity Sisters seated at a press conference in Rome, Fr Uzhunnalil expressed his condolences. The room fell silent as he covered his eyes, tears streaming down his face.

“I thank God Almighty for this day, for keeping me safe, healthy, clear minded. My emotions were in control until now,” he said after regaining his composure.

“I don’t want to speak too much about the Sisters because I get too emotional,” he said.

Although reports following his kidnapping suggested the attack was carried out by ISIS, Fr Uzhunnalil said his captors never identified themselves.

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