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

12 October 2017, 04:22 | Erica Roy

Pakistan's army says Canadian man, family rescued from 'terrorist custody'

Pak Army recovers five Western hostages

Boyle called his parents early Thursday morning to tell of their rescue.

Pakistan Army recovered five hostage foreigners from remote area on Thursday, according to inputs from Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). The two were abducted five years ago while traveling in Afghanistan and have been held by the Haqqani network.

It added: "The operation by Pakistani forces, based on actionable intelligence from USA authorities, was successful; all hostages were recovered safe and sound".

Pakistan's military handed over Caitlan Coleman, a 31-year-old American citizen, and her Canadian husband, Joshua Boyle, 34, to US commandos in a secret mission late Wednesday, ABC News reported.

A Pakistan military statement said that based on "actionable intelligence from US", the rescue operation was conducted in the Kurram tribal region near the Afghan border on Wednesday.

After being held captive by the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network since 2012, American Caitlin Coleman and her family have finally been released, the White House announced.

"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 statement said.

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

The Afghan government has captured several senior members of the Haqqani Network and United States officials believed the Taliban faction had hoped to exchange American hostages for their release.

Defense Secretary James Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford told Congress last week Pakistan would no longer be a sanctuary for terrorism. "Please grant them an opportunity to continue their lives with us, and bring peace to their families".

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