Abducted Canadian-US couple recovered from Pakistan's tribal areas
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Pakistan Army announced on Thursday they had recovered an abducted Canadian-US couple and their three children from the tribal areas of Pakistan in an operation carried out from US intelligence. The couple were abducted in 2012 by the .
According to media reports, wife Caitlan Coleman from the US, husband Joshua Boyle from Canada, and their three children, two boys and a girl, were recovered from custody through an intelligence-based operation conducted by Pakistan Army.
The couple was abducted by the Haqqani network in 2012 while they were on a tour to Afghanistan. Caitlan Coleman was seven months pregnant at the time. She gave birth during her abduction to two boys and a girl.
In December, a video was released of the couple in which both were sitting with their —then two— children. They asked authorities to negotiate to set them free.
According to a US official and Pakistan Army's press release on Friday, the couple with their children were repatriated.
- AFP. "Pakistan Army describes freeing Canadian-American couple from terrorists" — , October 13, 2017
- Jane Onyanga-Omara, Mike Argento and Gordon Rago. "American Caitlan Coleman, family leave Pakistan after being held by militants for five years" — , October 12, 2017
- Ashifa Kassam, Haroon Janjua. "Canadian American family rescued after five years as captives in Afghanistan" — , October 12, 2017