Jesuits: abducted Indian priest is released in Afghanistan

AP News
Posted: Feb 22, 2015 1:17 PM

ROME (AP) — The Jesuit religious order says an Indian priest who was abducted in Afghanistan eight months ago has been released.

James Stapleton, a Jesuit Refugee Service spokesman in Rome, said the Rev. Alexis Prem Kumar was released on Sunday and has since returned to his native India.

Stapleton says the priest is "tired, he's happy to be home."

Kumar was visiting a Jesuit Refugee Service-supported school near Herat, western Afghanistan, while serving as the service's Afghanistan director when he was abducted by several armed men in June.

Stapleton says that Jesuits in India had been informed by the Indian government of Kumar's safe return. He says he had no other details about Kumar's release.