Fire­fight, then free­dom for hostages held 5 years

US-Canada fam­ily res­cued in Pak­istan

The Buffalo News - - FRONT PAGE - By Adam Gold­man NEW YORK TIMES

WASH­ING­TON – Stuffed by their cap­tors into the back of a car with their chil­dren as they were be­ing fer­ried across the rugged tribal ar­eas of north­west Pak­istan, an Amer­i­can wo­man and her Cana­dian hus­band were in the fi­nal mo­ments of their five-year or­deal as hostages.

But sud­denly, shoot­ing erupted. One of their ab­duc­tors, a Tal­iban-linked mil­i­tant, shouted, “Kill the hostages.”

The mil­i­tants found them­selves cor­nered by the Pak­ista­nis. The gun­bat­tle ended, and Pak­istani troops pulled the fam­ily from the ve­hi­cle, to be taken by he­li­copter to Islamabad. They were safe. The Pak­ista­nis, act­ing on in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by U.S. in­tel­li­gence and col­lected from drones that had been track­ing the hostages, had pulled off Wed­nes­day’s risky op­er­a­tion.

The brief fire­fight, de­scribed by rel­a­tives of the fam­ily as well as U.S., Cana­dian and Pak­istani of­fi­cials, capped the end of an unimag­in­able or­deal for Cait­lan Cole­man, 31, and her hus­band, Joshua Boyle, 34, who were seized in Oc­to­ber 2012 by

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