Pakistan 'frees' Taliban hostage family

A still image from a video posted by the Taliban on social media

A still image from a video posted by the Taliban on social media

The American-Canadian family that was freed from Taliban captivity by Pakistan Army boarded a flight to Canada on Friday, Geo News reported citing airport sources.

"Pak Army recovered 5 Western hostages including 1 Canadian, his US National wife and their three children from terrorist custody", it said of the operation, which was launched after Pakistani authorities received intelligence from US officials.

Boyle was once married to Zaynab Khadr, the older sister of former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr and the daughter of a late senior al-Qaida financier, according to The Associated Press.

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

The rescue, prompted by a tip from USA intelligence officers tracking the family, was announced in a statement Thursday from Pakistan's army.

The communiqué said that the operation by Pakistani forces, based on actionable intelligence from United States authorities, was successful.

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 worked very hard on this, and I believe they´re starting to respect the United States again", he said, adding that "a lot" of other nations were also showing greater deference to the US. Thursday's statements from Islamabad and Washington were the first mention of a third child.

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In a statement released on Thursday in Ottawa, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said that the Canadian government was relieved that the Boyle family was released and thanked the US, Afghanistan and Pakistan for their joint efforts in the rescue mission.

They were pictured holding their two young sons, who had been born while they were in captivity.

They vanished after setting off in the summer of 2012 for a journey that took them to Russian Federation, the central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, and then to Afghanistan.

The Kurram tribal agency borders Nangarhar and Paktia provinces in Afghanistan.

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

Both are riven by militancy, with Daesh gaining a foothold in Nangarhar and Paktia seen as a Haqqani stronghold. It did not say when they were rescued.

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.

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