Cana­dian fam­ily saved from Tal­iban

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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

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