Family freed from Taliban captivity leaves Pakistan for Canada


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

The release of Caitlan Coleman, her husband and three children reportedly took place after USA officials provided new intelligence on the family's location to Pakistan's government.

He expressed that they were expecting Boyle and his family shortly in Canada.

Coleman was abducted five years ago while traveling in Afghanistan with her husband.

"Yesterday, the United States government, working in conjunction with the Government of Pakistan, secured the release of the Boyle-Coleman family from captivity in Pakistan", Trump said.

Pakistan's Armed Forces said in a statement on Thursday that USA intelligences had been tracking the family and their kidnappers as they entered Pakistan from Afghanistan on Wednesday.

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Boyle was formerly married to Zaynab Khadr, the older sister of Omar Khadr, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, and the son of a prominent Al-Qaeda financier.

US officials expressed hope that the hostages' freedom could represent a turning point in relations between Pakistan and the United States, uneasy allies in fighting Taliban and other Islamist extremists in the region. US officials did not confirm the details.

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

"Most importantly this morning we relayed to the high commissioner of Pakistan here in Canada our profound thanks for the courageous Pakistani soldiers who risked their lives and got all five of ours out in a rescue" added Patrick Boyle. "His last words were, 'I'll see you in a couple days, Mom", Linda Boyle said. Thursday's statements from Islamabad and Washington were the first mention of a third child. It added that USA intelligence agencies had been tracking the family in Afghanistan, and reported that on 11 October they had moved across the border into the Kurram tribal district of Pakistan. "We stand ready to support them as they begin their healing journey", Freeland said.

Tillerson in a statement said Trump's strategy in the region recognised "the important role Pakistan needs to play to bring stability and ultimately peace to the region".

Afghanistan is rife with militants and organised criminal gangs who stage kidnappings for ransom, often targeting foreigners and wealthy Afghans, who are said to have been ferried over the border into Pakistan's tribal belt. This is a positive moment for our country's relationship with Pakistan.

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