Canadian family saved from Taliban
ISLAMABAD: Pakistani security forces have rescued a Canadian family from Taliban captivity, five years after they were kidnapped from neighbouring Afghanistan, military officials reported yesterday.
A Canadian man, his American wife and the couple’s three children were rescued from the tribal region of Kurram near the Afghan border, the military said in a statement.
The family were kidnapped, allegedly by militants linked with al-Qaeda, in south-eastern Afghanistan in 2012, the military said.
No further details about the family or the circumstances leading to their release were available.
Islamist militants, especially those from the Haqqani network of the Afghan Taliban, were behind a string of kidnappings of Western citizens from Afghanistan over the past years.
Most of those captured were later freed. They were released either in the form of swops for Taliban prisoners or when a ransom was paid for them.
However, no Western government or the group have ever admitted to ransoms being exchanged for the release of those captured.
There was no independent verification of what led to the release of the family in this case. – dpa