York County community rejoices over family's release by Taliban-linked group

York County community rejoices over family's release by Taliban-linked group

-Canadian couple and their three children born in captivity have been freed in Pakistan, almost five years after the couple was abducted in neighbouring Afghanistan, Pakistani and US officials said on Thursday.

The rescue, prompted by a tip from US intelligence officers tracking the family, was announced in a statement Thursday from Pakistan's army.

Canadian Joshua Boyle and his American wife Caitlan Coleman were kidnapped by the Afghan Taliban during a backpacking trip in Afghanistan 2012, and are believed to have had at least two children while in captivity.

The media wing of Pakistan Army announced on Thursday that they rescued five foreigners held captive by Taliban some five years back. All three children were born in captivity.

The Toronto Star reported that Boyle spoke to his parents after his release and told them he'd been in the trunk of the kidnappers' vehicle with his wife and children when Pakistani forces rescued them.

Pakistan's Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a statement on Thursday said the hostages were rescued "through an intelligence-based operation by Pakistani troops and the ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence)".

Another military official told AFP the couple was hesitating to board a USA military jet in Pakistan over the Canadian husband's concerns he could face American scrutiny for links to a former Guantanamo captive.

Trump, in a statement, said the release of the hostages indicates Pakistan was acquiescing to "America's wishes for it to do more to provide security in the region".

Metro Detroit mom jailed for not vaccinating son is released from jail
In previous court pleadings, she said that Bredow had consented to getting the shots, meaning her refusal to do so constituted contempt.

But one USA official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there was no indication that the hostages had been in Afghanistan in the days before they were freed, contrary to the Pakistani account.

He said there had been a shootout and the last words he heard from the kidnappers were "kill the hostages".

The family was rescued on Thursday after Pakistani security forces ambushed their captors.

The hostages are "safe and sound and are being repatriated to the country of their origin", the military statement said, after the rescue in Kurram tribal agency, one of seven semi-autonomous tribal areas along the Afghan border.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland asked for respect for the family's privacy. She then adds: "My children have seen their mother defiled".

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".

Taliban sources said the family spent most of their captivity at Haqqani strongholds inside Pakistan, and not in Afghanistan as early Pakistani reports had indicated.

Related Articles

  • National Football League  commissioner's wife was using anonymous tweets to defend him

    National Football League commissioner's wife was using anonymous tweets to defend him

    I have a feeling she'll be back online soon with another account, but with a better strategy for staying in the shadows. As a former media member, I'm always bothered when coverage doesn't provide a complete and accurate picture of a story.

    This Stock Can Reveal About investors Future- Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE:HON)

    The conglomerate reported $1.80 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks' consensus estimate of $1.78 by $0.02. Also, insider Rajeev Gautam sold 5,840 shares of the business's stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, August 23rd.

    Is Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NasdaqGS:GILD) Fairly Valued?

    Moreover, Colony Grp Incorporated Ltd Company has 0.02% invested in Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN) for 109,585 shares. The biopharmaceutical company reported $2.56 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks' consensus estimate of $2.11 by $0.45.
  • Marvel Studios planning an official timeline to the MCU

    This isn't the first time that Marvel is going to release an official timeline, either. Still, while the original incarnation of the MCU may change, it's not going away.
    'Sharif to skip court proceedings in Panama Papers case today'

    'Sharif to skip court proceedings in Panama Papers case today'

    Sharif, 67, was disqualified by the country's top court in the Panama Papers scandal in July this year. Judge Bashir left the court room and later announced the postponement of the hearing till October 19.
    SC refers Sabarimala temple's ban on women to Constitution Bench

    SC refers Sabarimala temple's ban on women to Constitution Bench

    This is the main reason for the dispute as women activists have questioned this as a clear practice of gender discrimination. The Kerala Government has already informed the court that it favours the entry of women of any age into Sabarimala temple.
  • New Orleans Police Officer Shot And Killed

    New Orleans Police Officer Shot And Killed

    The NOPD, Louisiana State Police and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating the scene. New Orleans SWAT surrounded the building and were able to get the suspect to peacefully surrender, Harrison said.
    Robert Pattinson And FKA Twigs Reportedly End Their Engagement After Three Years

    Robert Pattinson And FKA Twigs Reportedly End Their Engagement After Three Years

    In July, Robert Pattinson had intrigued his fans by announcing on the radio that it was "sort of" engaged to FKA twigs . Per the Daily Mail , around the same time FKA Twigs engaged in suggestive hair snuggling with a French model.
    Patriots QB Tom Brady expected to play vs. Jets

    Patriots QB Tom Brady expected to play vs. Jets

    Brady credited the score and game situations for the frequency New England has been in passing situations this year. The Patriots did not include Brady on last week's injury report, and they were not required to.
  • India's Supreme Court refuses to lift ban on firecrackers in Delhi

    India's Supreme Court refuses to lift ban on firecrackers in Delhi

    The apex court has said that people can burst firecrackers which they have purchased before its order banning the sale came into effect.
    BioWare vet and Dragon Age director Mike Laidlaw is leaving the company

    BioWare vet and Dragon Age director Mike Laidlaw is leaving the company

    Laidlaw was nominated for a 2010 BAFTA Games Award for Best Story in Dragon Age: Origins along with Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk. He hasn't detailed the reason for his departure, nor what job he'll be moving on to next.
    Shiv Sena leader Pappu Mane's vehicle  mows down 2 girls in Maharashtra

    Shiv Sena leader Pappu Mane's vehicle mows down 2 girls in Maharashtra

    Two girls who were on their way to school were mowed down by a speeding vehicle on Thursday morning in Baramati of Maharashtra. Locals allege that the auto belongs to a local Shiv Sena leader, Pappu Mane, who was allegedly indulging in rash driving.