Pakistan's army says Canadian man, family rescued from 'terrorist custody'

American hostage Caitlan Coleman, family rescued in Pakistan after years of captivity

-Canadian couple and their children in a raid that led to the family's release, a Pakistani security official said on Friday.

Pakistani officials say an American woman, her Canadian husband and their children have left Pakistan after being rescued from the Taliban, which held them for five years.

"They were captured by terrorists from Afghanistan in 2012 and kept as hostages there", the ISPR said.

He said Pakistani troops and intelligence agents, acting on a USA intelligence tip, zeroed in on a vehicle holding the family as they were being moved in Kurram agency.

"This is a very positive moment and the Pakistan army performed well".

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

"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", a Pakistani army statement said.

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

"The Pakistani government's co-operation is a sign that it is honouring America's wishes for it to do more to provide security in the region", he said.

Pakistani officials bristle at claims Islamabad is not doing enough to tackle Islamist militants.

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 a statement released on Thursday in Ottawa, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said that the Canadian government was relieved that the Boyle family was released and thanked the US, Afghanistan and Pakistan for their joint efforts in the rescue mission.

A USA government source in Washington also said there was no indication the family had been in Afghanistan.

Associated Press said United States intelligence told Pakistan on Wednesday the hostages had been moved into north- western Pakistan, according to a statement from the Pakistan military.

"They worked very hard on this, and I believe they´re starting to respect the United States again", he said, adding that "a lot" of other nations were also showing greater deference to the US. It did not say when they were rescued.

Boyle had been a staunch critic of the human rights abuses in the US war on terror after the attacks on September 11, 2001 and was previously married for a year to the sister of an inmate at the USA military detention center at Guantanamo Bay.

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