US fam­ily freed after five years as cap­tives in Pak­istan

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An Amer­i­can woman, her Cana­dian hus­band and their three young chil­dren have been re­leased after years held cap­tive by a net­work with ties to the Tal­iban, US and Pak­istani of­fi­cials said.

Pak­istan se­cured the re­lease of Cait­lan Cole­man and her hus­band, Cana­dian Joshua Boyle, who were ab­ducted five years ago while trav­el­ling in Afghanistan and had been held by the Haqqani net­work in Pak­istan.

Ms Cole­man, from Penn­syl­va­nia, was preg­nant when she was cap­tured. The cou­ple had three chil­dren while in cap­tiv­ity, and all have been freed, US of­fi­cials said.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump called yes­ter­day’s de­vel­op­ment a “pos­i­tive mo­ment” for US re­la­tions with Pak­istan. He said Pak­istan’s “co-op­er­a­tion is a sign that it is hon­our­ing Amer­ica’s wishes for it to do more to pro­vide se­cu­rity in the re­gion”.

In Pak­istan, its mil­i­tary said in a state­ment that US in­tel­li­gence agen­cies had been track­ing the hostages and dis­cov­ered they had come into Pak­istan on Oc­to­ber 11th through its tribal ar­eas bor­der­ing Afghanistan. “All hostages were re­cov­ered safe and sound and are be­ing repa­tri­ated to the coun­try of their ori­gin,” the mil­i­tary said.

The re­lease comes nearly five years to the day since Ms Cole­man and Mr Boyle lost touch with their fam­i­lies while trav­el­ling in a moun­tain­ous re­gion near the Afghan cap­i­tal, Kabul. – (AP)


A still from a video posted by the Tal­iban in De­cem­ber 2016 of Amer­i­can Cait­lan Cole­man, her Cana­dian hus­band Joshua Boyle, and their two sons.

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