Pakistan's army says Canadian man, family rescued from 'terrorist custody'

Pakistan's army says Canadian man, family rescued from 'terrorist custody'

The statement did not identify those rescued, although two army officials who were not identified said the American Caitlan Coleman, her husband, Canadian Joshua Boyle, and their three young children were rescued from a Taliban-linked group.

The US intelligence agencies had been tracking them and shared their shifting across to Pakistan on Wednesday through Kurram Agency border.

US officials say Pakistan secured the release of Caitlan Coleman and her husband, Canadian Joshua Boyle. The couple had three children while in captivity.

The recovered hostages "are being repatriated to their country of origin", the ISPR said.

The family was being held by the Haqqani network. In December the commander of USA forces in Afghanistan, Gen. John Nicholson, said the Haqqani Network held a total of five American hostages.

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The Pakistan Army recovered five abducted foreigners kidnapped by terrorists in 2012 after an operation, it emerged on Thursday. They want money, power and friends.

"We welcome media reports that a family including USA citizens has been released from captivity", a United States embassy spokesman in Islamabad told AFP, without confirming the identity of the released hostages.

They last were seen in a hostage video taken in December 2016 begging their governments to save them. He issued a stark warning: "We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting".

The Taliban continue to hold other western hostages including USA citizen Kevin King, 60, and Australian citizen Timothy Weeks, 48.

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