WASHINGTON, D.C. (WBRE/WYOU/NBC) – A Taliban-linked group has released an American hostage along with her Canadian husband and their three children, according to U.S. officials.
Caitlan Coleman, who is originally from York County, Pennsylvania, and Joshua Boyle were kidnapped by the militants while hiking in Afghanistan in late 2012.
Coleman was pregnant when she was captured. The couple had three children while in being held.
The five family members were in the custody of workers at the U.S. Embassy in neighboring Pakistan, according to a U.S. official.
The family had been held by the Haqqani network, whose leader is the deputy head of the Afghan Taliban. That’s the same network whichheld Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five years.
Pakistan’s military also confirmed the news in a statement.
The Pakistani Army “recovered five Western hostages including one Canadian, his U.S. national wife and their three children from terrorist custody through an intelligence-based operation by Pakistan troops and intelligence agencies,” according to the statement.
“All hostages were recovered safe and sound”
President Donald Trump issued the following statement on the release, “Today they are free. This is a positive moment for our country’s relationship with Pakistan. We hope to see this type of cooperation and teammate in helping secure the release remaining hostages in in our future joint counterterrorism operations.”