US family freed after five years as captives in Pakistan
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.