A CHRISTIAN priest captured and imprisoned by Islamic extremists is set to be crucified on Good Friday, it has been claimed.
- It has been reported that an Indian Catholic priest who was kidnapped in Yemen is set to be Crucified on Good Friday.
- The abduction took place at a Catholic-run home for the elderly and the raid resulted in the death of 16 including 4 nuns, 2 nurses, 8 elderly patients, and one security guard.
- The attack has drawn strong condemnation for Pope Francis, who has called for an end to the war in Yemen.
- Other groups in the area have stated that they have no information on the priest being crucified.
Fears are growing for Father Tom Uzhunnalil after he was bundled into a truck by four militants earlier this month.
Gunmen killed 16 people when they stormed an old people’s home in Aden in war-ravaged Yemen, including a number of nuns.
Father Uzhunnalil fortunately survived the attack but was abducted by an unknown jihadi group during their violent rampage.
The sickening raid on a defenceless care home bears all the hallmarks of a plot by Islamic State (ISIS), although no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
He has clung to life over the past three weeks despite being brutally tortured.
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A Christian group based in South Africa has reported that the priest now faces death by crucifixion over Easter – one of Christianity’s holiest celebrations.
The Franciscan Sisters of Siessen posted on Facebook: “Was informed that the Salesian priest, Fr.Tom who was kidnapped by ISIS from the Missionaries of Charity Home in Yemen is being tortured and is going to be crucified on Good Friday.
“This calls for serious concerted prayers from all of us.”
However, members of the priest’s Indian order claimed the reports were incorrect.
Father Mathew Valarkot, spokesman for the Salesians’ Bangalore province, to which Father Uzhunnalil belongs, said he had “absolutely no information” on his situation and claimed reports of an impending crucifixion were merely “rumours”.
He said: “Even today we do not know who has taken him and what their motives are because no one has claimed responsibility.”
The horrific slaughter in Aden took place after six jihadis entered a care home run by Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in the Yemeni port city.
They initially pretended to be relatives of patients, but quickly pulled out their guns and started indiscriminately killing the elderly residents and defenceless staff.
Witnesses described the screams of patients echoing through the corridors, with one nun surviving the carnage after hiding in a storeroom fridge when a guard told her to run.
Among the dead were four Indian nuns, two Yemeni nurses, eight patients and a guard.
The senseless killings prompted an angry response from Pope Francis, who called for an end to the ten-month conflict in Yemen, which has allowed terrorist groups such as ISIS and al-Qaeda to flourish.
More than 6,200 people have been killed in the conflict, half of them civilians.