RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan Army recovered five foreign hostages who were kidnapped in Afghanistan in 2012, said a statement released by the Army’s media wing.
The hostages, a Canadian, his US national wife and their three children were rescued from the captivity of terrorists.
The foreign nationals were captured in Afghanistan by terrorists, added the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
US intelligence services had been tracking the movement of the hostages and informed their Pakistani partners when the hostages were moved across the Pak-Afghan border into Kurram agency on October 11, 2017.
The operation by Pakistani forces, based on actionable intelligence by US authorities, successfully recovered the hostages.
“All hostages were recovered safe and sound and are being repatriated to the country of their origin,” said ISPR.
The Army further said that the successful execution of the hostage-rescue operation 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.
Trump hails release of US-Canadian couple
President Donald Trump announced that US and Pakistani officials had secured the release of an American woman, her Canadian husband and their three children from Taliban captivity.
The US leader identified the kidnapped couple as Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle, and said their release was a “positive moment” for US relations with Pakistan.
“Ms Coleman gave birth to the couple’s three children while they were in captivity,” Trump said, in a White House statement. “Today, they are free.”