Tal­iban hostages res­cued after shoot-out

The Daily Telegraph - - World news - By Mem­phis Barker in Is­lam­abad

A NORTH Amer­i­can cou­ple held hostage for five years by a Tal­iban­linked group have been res­cued in a shoot-out.

Cait­lan Cole­man, 31, a US ci­ti­zen, was snatched to safety along with her hus­band Joshua Boyle and the three chil­dren she bore while in cap­tiv­ity by the Pak­istani army.

The res­cue mis­sion fol­lowed a tip-off by US in­tel­li­gence that mil­i­tants from the Haqqani net­work were bring­ing the hostages over the Afghan bor­der.

Ac­cord­ing to the Toronto Star, five kid­nap­pers died in the op­er­a­tion.

Don­ald Trump yes­ter­day hailed the res­cue, say­ing that the Pak­istan gov­ern­ment “are start­ing to re­spect the United States again”.

The cou­ple were due to be repa­tri­ated, but ac­cord­ing to NBC, yes­ter­day de­clined to board an Amer­i­can mil­i­tary aircraft head­ing out of Pak­istan.

A spokesman for the US em­bassy de­clined to com­ment.

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