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American hostage Caitlan Coleman, family rescued in Pakistan after years of captivity

American hostage Caitlan Coleman, family rescued in Pakistan after years of captivity

-Canadian couple and their three children born in captivity have been freed in Pakistan, almost five years after the couple was abducted in neighbouring Afghanistan, Pakistani and US officials said on Thursday. Their three children were born during their time in captivity. US officials did not confirm the details.

The relations between Pakistan and the United States have been very tense since the time President Trump has publicly lambasted the country for not doing enough in the war on terror. They became close, and Boyle eventually attended his wedding.

The Toronto Star reported that the last words Boyle heard from the kidnappers were "kill the hostages".

Boyle reportedly told his parents that he and his family were in the trunk of a auto when they were rescued during a shoot-out that left the captors dead and Boyle injured with minor shrapnel wounds.

The United States believed the hostages were probably held by the Haqqani group in or near its headquarters in northwestern Pakistan the entire time, two other US officials said.

The Haqqani network operates on both sides of the porous Afghan-Pakistani border but senior militants have acknowledged they moved a major base of operations to Kurram agency in the tribal areas.

In a short video message, shortly after the recovery of Boyle's family on Thursday, Linda and Patrick Boyle expressed that they were delighted to hear the news of Boyle's rescue after a joint operation.

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"It was a matter of interdicting vehicles", another US official told Reuters, saying the United States never dictated to Pakistan how precisely to secure the hostages' release.

The media wing of Pakistan Army announced on Thursday that they rescued five foreigners held captive by Taliban some five years back.

The sign asked that their privacy be respected while they "make plans for the future". "We stand ready to support them as they begin their healing journey", Freeland said.

The last time anyone heard from Coleman, the York County native spoke of the "Kafkaesque nightmare" she and her husband had been trapped in for almost five years.

"This is a very positive moment and the Pakistan army performed well", Mattis told reporters during a trip to Florida.

Thursday's statement from the Pakistani army was the first mention of a third child.

Another Foreign Office official said that the elimination of the current havens and safe readjustment of the targets would also ensure that Pakistan doesn't contribute to the refugee crisis, which in the long run could have put the country on the US' banned countries list.


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