Pakistani soldiers have conducted an operation and have successfully freed a family of five who were being held hostage by the Taliban.
Joshua Boyle and Caitlan Coleman were taken hostage by the group in Afghanistan five years ago. Boyle is from Canada while his wife is from the US. The couple had three children while in captivity.
The Pakistani Army revealed that they were rescued after the US gave them information during an operation near the border with Afghanistan. The five were rescued and will soon be home.
The US and Pakistan diplomatic relations haven’t been at their best in recent years but US President Donald Trump said in a statement that the Pakistani government’s co-operation was a sign that it is honoring their wishes for it to provide more security in the region.
The couple were taken hostage back in 2012. Ms. Coleman was pregnant at the time the two were abducted. The group had released several videos of the couple in recent years and was asking for prisoners to be released in Afghanistan. The latest video of the family was released late last year. In the video, the family asked for the nightmare to end.
The Pakistani Army revealed that the US had been searching for the family. Yesterday, US intelligence agencies reported that they had moved to a district of Pakistan.
Joshua’s parents spoke to local media and confirmed that they had spoken to their son after they were freed. His mother said that it was the first time in five years that they had heard his voice. Joshua’s parents also thanked the Pakistani soldiers who were involved in the rescue operation.
Reuters quoted unanimous US officials as saying that the US military was looking to fly the family out of Pakistan but that Mr. Boyle refused to get on the aircraft. Joshua’s parents say they were told by their son that his children wanted to meet their grandparents. The three were born after the couple was taken hostage in 2012.