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Syrian priest kidnapped by Islamists released

Franciscan Father Hanna Jallouf

A Catholic priest kidnapped by Islamists in Syria has been released, according to the Custody of the Holy Land.

Fr Hanna Jallouf, a Syrian, was taken captive in Tuesday by the al-Qaeda linked al-Nusra front, along with 20 parishioners.

In a statement the Custody of the Holy Land, the head of the Franciscan in the region, said that “Fr Hanna Jallouf has been released this morning.
 He is under House Arrest at the Convent of Knayeh (Qunayeh).”

His current whereabouts is unknown

Al-Nusra Front is one of several Islamist groups fighting against the Syrian government, although it is not as extreme as ISIS, and in March released a group of nuns it had kidnapped from the Christian village of Maaloula.

Among the missing clerics in Syria are Aleppo’s Archbishop Gregorius Yohanna Ibrahim of the Syriac Orthodox Church and Bishop Boulos Yazigi of the Greek Orthodox Church, kidnapped in April 2013, and Italian Jesuit Fr Paolo Dall’Oglio, taken by rebels three months later.