Res­cued af­ter 5 years as Tal­iban hostages

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS - BY BEN ROSSINGTON

A FAM­ILY held hostage by a group linked to the Tal­iban have been freed in a daring com­mando raid.

Caitlin Cole­man and Joshua Boyle were kid­napped by the Haqqani net­work five years ago on a trip to Afghanistan.

Amer­i­can Ms Cole­man, 31, was then preg­nant, and she and Cana­dian Mr Boyle, 34, went on to have three chil­dren in cap­tiv­ity. The fam­ily was res­cued by the Pak­istan mil­i­tary af­ter a US in­tel­li­gence tip-off that they were be­ing moved over the border into the Kur­ram tribal area of Pak­istan.

They were handed over to the US army on Wed­nes­day, sources said. Footage last year showed the cou­ple with two sons, and the first men­tion of a third child was in a state­ment from the Pak­istan army con­firm­ing their re­lease from “ter­ror­ist cus­tody”. US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump hailed it a “pos­i­tive mo­ment” in re­la­tions with Pak­istan and a sign the coun­try is “hon­our­ing Amer­ica’s wishes for it to do more to pro­vide se­cu­rity in the re­gion”. Pak­istan said it shows its com­mit­ment to “fight­ing this men­ace through co­op­er­a­tion between two forces against a com­mon en­emy”.

Last night it was claimed Mr Boyle re­fused to board a US mil­i­tary plane home, fear­ing he will be ar­rested over sus­pected ji­hadi links. He was pre­vi­ously wed to the sis­ter of Cana­dian Guan­tanamo Bay de­tainee Omar Khadr. Last year it was said he was told he could go free, but re­fused to leave his fam­ily.

FREED AT LAST Cole­man and Boyle with 2 of their kids in a Tal­iban video last De­cem­ber

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