A Catholic Priest was crucified on Good Friday by Islamists, according to Arabic media reports.
Father Tom Uzhunnalil, 56, was kidnapped from a retirement home by unidentified gunmen in the city of Aden, Yemen, at the beginning of March. 16 people were killed in that raid including four nuns.
Sister Sally, the only nun who survived the assault by hiding in a refrigerator, reported that the gunmen were Islamic State in a chilling account of the attack. Authorities in Yemen also blamed ISIS for the attack.
Prior to the reported execution Christian groups around the world received threats that Father Tom was being tortured and would be crucified on Good Friday.
The Archbishop of Vienna announced Father Tom’s death during his address at Mass on Easter Sunday, according to The Express.
‘The cardinal based his statements on news published on Arabic language web sites” the head of media relations for the Archdiocese of Vienna Michael Prüller told media.“The validity of this information has, however, not been confirmed.”
UPDATE: There are now further reports (also unconfirmed) that Father Tom is alive and his release is being negotiated.