Pakistan official details vehicle chase that freed kidnapped US-Canadian family

Pakistan official details vehicle chase that freed kidnapped US-Canadian family

A USA military official said American forces were not involved in any rescue, but that a medical team had been able to meet the family and stood ready to fly them home if needed.

American Caitlan Coleman and her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle, who were kidnapped while backpacking in Afghanistan in 2012 and had all three of their children in captivity, have left Pakistan after being freed, according to a U.S. official.

"Canada has been actively engaged with the governments of the United States, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and we thank them for their efforts, which have resulted in the release of Joshua, Caitlan and their children", Freeland said in the statement.

Ms Coleman, 32, was seven months pregnant when she and her Canadian husband, Josh Boyle, 34, were abducted in Afghanistan 2012 and held by the Haqqani network - a group with ties to the Taliban. They are known to have had children while in captivity.

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

The U.S. embassy in Pakistan declined to comment on the drone report.

Pakistan has faced increased pressure from Washington to crack down on militant groups after it was lambasted by US President Donald Trump in August.

"When she was young, we would take trips out West", her mother Lyn Coleman told Philadelphia Magazine previous year. Officials earlier said they had discounted any link between that background and Boyle's capture.

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The Colemans told ABC's "Good Morning America" in 2016 they took solace in seeing their daughter and grandkids looking healthy on a video released by the captors, and in seeing the children for the first time.

"We sent our troops, traced the vehicle on the basis of intelligence sharing by 1900 hours on Wednesday and recovered the hostages", he said in televised comments late Thursday.

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.

In 2009 he was briefly married to Zaynab Khadr, the sister of Canadian-born Omar Khadr, who spent a decade at Guantanamo.

The couple were kidnapped in Afghanistan in 2012, and USA intelligence on Wednesday told Pakistan that the hostages had been moved over the border into northwestern Pakistan, according to an army statement.

"I kind of wish he would have told me, because I would have said, 'Hey, dummy, what are you doing?"

The Star reported that Boyle said he sustained minor shrapnel wounds during the shootout.

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