American woman, Canadian husband and children freed in Pakistan after 5-year hostage ordeal

A Taliban-linked faction has freed an American woman and her Canadian husband who were abducted more than five years ago and had three children in captivity, U.S. and Pakistani officials said Thursday.

The Pakistani military said in a statement that the couple and their three children were found “through an intelligence-based operation” in coordination with U.S. agencies tracking the hostages along the border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The statement, however, gave no further details of the rescue effort staged Wednesday or possible casualties. The White House praised it as a “positive” sign of closer cooperation with Pakistan on counterterrorism efforts.

Caitlan Coleman of Stewartstown, Pa., and her husband, Joshua Boyle, were abducted in October 2012 while traveling in Afghanistan and were held in Pakistan by the Haqqani network, a militant faction with ties to the Taliban.

Coleman was pregnant when she was captured. The couple had three children while being held captive.

“All hostages were recovered safe and sound and are being repatriated to the country of their origin,” the Pakistan military said.

The release came just after the fifth anniversary of the couple’s disappearance while traveling in a mountainous region near the Afghan capital, Kabul, as part of a journey through Russia and Central Asia.

In 2013, Coleman and Boyle appeared in two videos asking the U.S.

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