Pakistan frees American family kidnapped five years ago


A Canadian held hostage by a Taliban-linked group wants to return home, his father said Thursday, even though he declined to board a military plane bound for the US.

- The U.S. and Pakistani governments have secured the release of Taliban hostages Caitlan Coleman, her husband, Joshua Boyle, and their three children born in captivity.

"Pak Army recovered 5 Western hostages including 1 Canadian, his US National wife and their three children from terrorist custody", it said of the operation, which was launched after Pakistani authorities received intelligence from US officials.

Boyle was previously married to the sister of Omar Kadhr, a Canadian imprisoned for 10 years at the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after fighting United States troops in Afghanistan.

"Pak Army recovered five Western hostages including one Canadian, his USA national wife and their three children from terrorist custody", an army statement said.

The Toronto Star reported that in a phone call to his parents after his release, Mr Boyle said the family had been in the boot of the kidnappers' vehicle when Pakistani forces rescued them.

"The success underscores the importance of timely intelligence sharing and Pakistan's continued commitment towards fighting this menace through co-operation between two forces against a common enemy", said a statement from the Pakistani military.

Coleman was pregnant at the time.

"We're pleased that the ordeal that they've been through these past years has finally come to an end", he said at the press conference. It was revealed Thursday that Coleman had a third child. But the official said Boyle did not risk any USA repercussions. -Canadian couple and their children in a raid that led to the family's release, a Pakistani security official said on Friday. "We stand ready to support them as they begin their healing journey", Freeland said.

They were pictured holding their two young sons, who had been born while they were in captivity.

They had been held by the Haqqani network, which has ties to the Taliban and is considered a terrorist organization by the United States.

They vanished after setting off in the summer of 2012 for a journey that took them to Russian Federation, the central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, and then to Afghanistan.

Pakistan's military on Thursday recovered five foreign hostages captured from Afghanistan in 2012. It says the rescue was made possible by intelligence provided by Washington.

They would appear sporadically in videos from the Haqqani network over the years, saying their captors had threatened to kill them if the Afghan government would not stop executing Taliban prisoners.