Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Pakistan Army recovers Canadian-American family abducted in Afghanistan

Pakistan Army recovers Canadian-American family abducted in Afghanistan

"Pak Army recovered 5 Western hostages including 1 Canadian, his US National wife and their three children from terrorist custody" in an operation in Kurram tribal district along the Afghan border, the army said in a statement.

Canadian Joshua Boyle and American Caitlan Coleman, who were kidnapped in Afghanistan in 2012.

Coleman was five-months pregnant at the time and the couple was backpacking through Central Asia.

An Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement today said the hostages included a Canadian, his American wife, and their three children.

A USA national security official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing operation, commended Pakistan for their assistance.

Security agencies of the United States (US) had informed Pakistan yesterdat through intelligence link that the hostages were transferred from Afghanistan to Pakistan across the border.

USA intelligence agencies had been tracking the hostages and on Wednesday shared that they family had been moved across to Pakistan through Kurram tribal area border, the army said.

The release, which came together rapidly Wednesday, comes almost five years to the day since Coleman and Boyle lost touch with their families while traveling in a mountainous region near the Afghan capital, Kabul.

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The last known footage of Joshua Boyle and Caitlan Coleman surfaced in December previous year when they appeared in video urging their governments to secure their release.

It shows the couple's four-year old son is shown sitting on his father's lap, dressed in the same filthy clothing as in a video posted on YouTube last December. It's unclear whether they knew she'd had a third. You'll probably be hearing about it over the next few days.

"She is telling me, 'Dad, I wish had listened to you more and not been Ariel and more a Belle", the elder Coleman said.

One counterterrorism official said they believed it was a reference to Pakistan's assistance in freeing Coleman and her family.

It soon emerged that the Taliban were upset over reports that Anas Haqqani, brother of the No. 2 Afghan Taliban commander Sirajuddin Haqqani, had been prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to death in secret proceedings in Kabul.

When the couple will return stateside is unclear, a USA official told the Associated Press. But the group also operates like a criminal network.

They most recently appeared in a hostage video released in June this year.

The Pakistan Army recovered five abducted foreigners kidnapped by terrorists in 2012 after an operation, it emerged on Thursday.

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