Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Pakistan rescues US-Canadian couple and three children from "terrorist custody"

Pakistan rescues US-Canadian couple and three children from

The rescue was announced in a statement Thursday from Pakistan's army.

-Canadian couple and their three children after receiving intelligence from the United States, Pakistan said on Thursday, almost five years after the couple was kidnapped in Afghanistan.

The couple was hiking in Afghanistan five years ago when they were captured, held by the Haqqani network.

"The operation by Pakistani forces, based on actionable intelligence from United States authorities was successful; all hostages were recovered safe and sound and are being repatriated to the country of their origin", the statement said.

Caitlan Coleman, 31, and her husband Joshua Boyle, 34, who were abducted while hiking in Afghanistan's Ghazni province in 2012, were secured in an exchange between Pakistani military and USA commandos late Wednesday in a secret operation to bring them home after one of the longest - and strangest - American hostage ordeals in recent history, counterterrorism officials revealed. "The world is starting to respect us again, believe me", Trump said appearing to reference Pakistan and that country's role in bringing about the the recovery of the four hostages. The insurgents had been demanding release of their prisoners in exchange for the two hostages who gave birth to the three children while in captivity.

A USA national security official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing operation, commended Pakistan for their assistance.

Coleman was pregnant at the time.

USA intelligence officials believed the couple was being held by the Haqqani Network, a branch of the Taliban believed to be responsible for some of the group's most violent and sophisticated attacks.

One counterterrorism official said they believed it was a reference to Pakistan's assistance in freeing Coleman and her family. The group released two videos of the hostages.

In 2013, the couple appeared in two videos asking the USA government to free them from the Taliban.

When the couple will return stateside is unclear, a US official told the Associated Press.

Defense Secretary James Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford told Congress last week Pakistan would no longer be a sanctuary for terrorism.

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