Kidnapped Priest Released After 8 Months

Indian Jesuit priest Alexis Prem Kumar who was kidnapped in June 2014 in southern Afghanistan was released and reached New Delhi on Feb. 22 with the intervention of the Indian government.

“Delighted at securing the release of Indian Jesuit priest Father Alexis Prem Kumar from captivity in Afghanistan,” tweeted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the afternoon on Feb. 22, as the priest was on a flight to New Delhi.

Prime Minister Modi himself also rang up the family members of the 48-year-old priest in Chennai—capital of southern Tamil Nadu state—and broke the “good news” to the family.



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