Pakistan rescues North American family of five from 'terrorists'

Pakistan rescues North American family of five from 'terrorists'

US officials say Pakistan secured the release of Caitlan Coleman and her husband, Canadian Joshua Boyle.

Three Pakistani military officials, all speaking on condition of anonymity as they weren't allowed to speak to journalists, also confirmed the hostages' identities.

"All hostages were recovered safe and sound and are being repatriated to the country of their origin", it added.

Coleman, 31, was pregnant at the time of abduction.

Two young children appear in the video with them, and Coleman has told her family that she gave birth to two children in captivity. U.S. officials confirmed there was intelligence about their location in recent days that was shared with the Pakistanis. It's unclear whether they knew she'd had a third.

"The success underscores the importance of timely intelligence sharing and Pakistan's continued commitment towards fighting this menace through cooperation between two forces against a common enemy", the statement said.

They last were seen in a hostage video taken in December 2016 begging their governments to save them.

The Haqqani network has been accused of masterminding several high-profile terrorist attacks in the Afghan capital and have been known to kidnap Western hostages and smuggle them across the border into Pakistan.

The Pakistan Army recovered five abducted foreigners kidnapped by terrorists in 2012 after an operation, it emerged on Thursday.