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

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

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

Canadian Joshua Boyle, his American wife Caitlan Coleman and their children are on their way home after five years held hostage by the Haqqani network.

An Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said the hostages were rescued on Thursday "through an intelligence-based operation by Pakistani troops and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)".

"This is a very positive moment and the Pakistan army performed well", Mattis told reporters during a trip to Florida.

Freed US hostage Caitlan Coleman's father is questioning his Canadian son-in-law's decision to take his pregnant wife hiking in Afghanistan and, once released after five years in captivity, refusing to fly home on an American military plane. The couple, now parents to three children who have all been born in captivity, released their "proof of life" video in December of 2016.

United States intelligence agencies, it said, had been tracking them and shared their shifting across to Pakistan on October 11, 2017 through Kurram Agency border.

The freed family, in the meantime, was reported to be en route to Toronto after Boyle refused to return to North America aboard a United States military plane.

Boyle was previously married to Zaynab Khadr, a sister of Canadian-born Guantánamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr and the daughter of a senior Al Qaeda financier. The siblings' father, the late Ahmed Said Khadr, was close to Osama bin Laden himself, reports The Toronto Star.

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"The good news is that Pakistan officials got the custody of the American citizens, took them into custody and held them for us", said Kelly.

But a Department of Justice spokesman told CNN that Boyle did not face arrest in the United States.

Their families did not know they had crossed into Afghanistan. "I speak with Caitlan's parents regularly, and haven't stopped praying since our first meeting for a positive end to this nightmare", said Perry. "And we're living a miracle".

Their release, he said, demonstrates that foreign nations have become more cooperative with the U.S. because of his tough stance against countries that don't aggressively pursue the war on terrorists.

"The Pakistani government's cooperation is a sign that it is honouring America's wishes for it to do more to provide security in the region", Trump said in a statement.

But one USA official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there was no indication that the hostages had been in Afghanistan in the days before they were freed, contrary to the Pakistani account.

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