Indian priest Father Tom Uzhunnalil who was rescued from the captivity of Islamic state in Yemen on Tuesday returned back to his home in Kerala India on Tuesday. Following his release he has expressed his happiness on his home return and thanked God and everyone who have put in efforts behind his rescue.

“I am here because of your prayers, ultimately I am happy and thankful to God and each of you for your love and concern for me.”

“May God bless all of you who have been involved in making this day possible for me. Thank you once again I feel happy and strong now in both my mind and soul, Father Tom said pouring his wishes for every individual who helped him return to his motherland.

He also added that his health has degraded due to the stress he has been through but hopes to recover very soon. “I still need to recover from my physical weaknesses but I am sure God will help me get better soon”, he said.

Uzhunnalil, who belongs to Kerala’s Kottayam was abducted from a care home in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden last year. In December 2016, he had appealed Indian govt and Pope Francis to secure his release from his captors.

Father Tom was freed following intervention from Oman government.

“He has been transferred to Muscat from where he will return to his home in Kerala,” a report published in Oman Observer had said.

Earlier in the week External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj took to Twitter to inform about the development.

“I am happy to inform that Father Tom Uzhunnalil has been rescued,” she wrote on the micro-blogging site.

Now he has happily returned back home and hopes to get back to his normal routine with better health.