Pakistan Army recovers Canadian-American family abducted in Afghanistan

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 12, 2017

An American woman, her Canadian husband and their three children have been freed from captivity by Pakistani security forces, almost five years after being taken hostage by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

"They were captured by terrorists from Afghanistan in 2012 and kept as hostages there", the military's media wing said.

The last known footage of the couple surfaced in December previous year when they appeared in video urging their governments to secure their release.

The couple had their three children while being held by the Haqqani network.

According to an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement issued here, the hostages were recovered in an intelligence-based operation conducted by Pakistani troops.

"US intelligence agencies had been tracking them and shared their shifting across to Pakistan on Oct 11, 2017, through the Kurram Agency border".

Coleman, 31, and Boyle, 33, in their last video message released in December 2016, urged then-President-elect Donald Trump to negotiate with the Taliban to secure their release in return for the prisoners. Coleman was pregnant when they were kidnapped and is known to have had at least two children in captivity.

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