Nearly five years to the day after they were captured by militants linked to the Taliban Canada’s Joshua Boyle, his American wife Caitlan Coleman and their three children – all of whom were born in captivity – have been rescued.
The Pakistani military said US intelligence informed them that the abductees had been transferred to Pakistani territory on Oct. 11 through the tribal area of Khurram, bordering Afghanistan.
“All hostages were recovered safe and sound and are being repatriated to the country of their origin, ” the Pakistani military communications office (ISPR) said in a statement.
“Success underscores the importance of sharing intelligence and Pakistan’s commitment to fighting this threat through cooperation between the two (American and Pakistani) forces against the common enemy,” ISPR said.
The couple were freed this week after being kidnapped while backpacking in Afghanistan in 2012 and held by the powerful Taliban-linked Haqqani network.
The release of Boyle, Coleman and their children comes at a time of tension between Pakistan and the United States; after Trump said on Aug. 21 that Islamabad had “a lot to lose” if it continues to “harbor” terrorists.