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Family freed from Taliban captivity leaves Pakistan for Canada

Family freed from Taliban captivity leaves Pakistan for Canada

Coleman was pregnant at the time of their kidnapping and had two more children in captivity.

Coleman and Boyle were last seen in a hostage video in December 2016 pleading for their governments to intervene.

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.

He expressed that they were expecting Boyle and his family shortly in Canada.

The Toronto Star reported that the last words Boyle heard from the kidnappers were "kill the hostages".

A couple freed from militant captivity in Pakistan were on a flight to London on Friday, a Pakistani military source said.

A US government source in Washington also said there was no indication the family had been in Afghanistan.




Boyle had been a staunch critic of the human rights abuses in the USA war on terror after the attacks on September 11, 2001 and was previously married for a year to the sister of an inmate at the US military detention center at Guantanamo Bay.

Associated Press said United States intelligence told Pakistan on Wednesday the hostages had been moved into north- western Pakistan, according to a statement from the Pakistan military.

U.S. intelligence agencies had been tracking the hostages and on Wednesday shared that the family had been moved across to Pakistan through the Kurram tribal area border, the army said.

"The success underscores the importance of timely intelligence sharing and Pakistan's continued commitment towards fighting this menace through co-operation between two forces against a common enemy", said a statement from the Pakistani military. "We stand ready to support them as they begin their healing journey", Freeland said.

The Haqqani network has been accused of masterminding several high-profile terrorist attacks in the Afghan capital and have been known to kidnap Western hostages and smuggle them across the border into Pakistan.

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. It was revealed Thursday that Coleman had a third child. It added that U.S. intelligence agencies had been tracking the family in Afghanistan, and reported that on 11 October they had moved across the border into the Kurram tribal district of Pakistan. It says the rescue was made possible by intelligence provided by Washington.

The media wing of Pakistan Army announced on Thursday that they rescued five foreigners held captive by Taliban some five years back.