Kidnapped US-Canadian couple, three children freed in Pakistan

Kidnapped US-Canadian couple, three children freed in Pakistan

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has expressed his gratitude to his nation's allies for their help in rescuing a native family from the Taliban who held them hostage since 2012.

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

The Pakistani military on Thursday carried out an operation to free Joshua Boyle, his American wife Caitlan Coleman and their three children, after receiving a tip-off from the USA that the family had been transferred from Afghanistan to Pakistan.

Instead, they were abducted in Afghanistan and held captive by the Taliban-linked Haqqani network, surfacing periodically over the next five years in video recordings sent to their loved ones and scrubbed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for clues.

The Toronto Star reported that Boyle told his parents that he was in the trunk of the kidnappers' vehicle with his wife and children when they were rescued by Pakistani forces.

"The success underscores the importance of timely intelligence sharing and Pakistan's continued commitment towards fighting this menace through cooperation between two forces against a common enemy", the Pakistan Army statement said.

President Trump who praised Pakistan for "doing more" following the recovery of the US-Canadian family, has been reassured that Islamabad would do even more. "It was fantastic. He told us how much his children were looking forward meeting their grandparents", his mother, Linda Boyle, said.

"Canada has been actively engaged with the governments of the United States, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and we thank them for their efforts, which have resulted in the release of Joshua, Caitlan and their children", Freeland said in the statement.

Declining to discuss US intelligence in detail that was shared with Pakistan, they said the United States had been tracking cars capable of holding six or more people moving from place to place, which analysts had concluded were suggestive of moving hostages.

The last time anyone heard from Coleman, the York County native spoke of the "Kafkaesque nightmare" she and her husband had been trapped in for almost five years.

They would appear sporadically in videos from the Haqqani network over the years, saying their captors had threatened to kill them if the Afghan government would not stop executing Taliban prisoners. It was revealed Thursday that Coleman had a third child.

The Pakistan Army says it has recovered a Canadian, his US National wife and their three children from "terrorist custody" after receiving intelligence from US officials.


Boyle was formerly married to Zaynab Khadr, the older sister of Omar Khadr, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, and the son of a prominent Al-Qaeda financier. "We are prepared to bring them back home", the official said.

Another Foreign Office official said that the elimination of the current havens and safe readjustment of the targets would also ensure that Pakistan doesn't contribute to the refugee crisis, which in the long run could have put the country on the US' banned countries list.