An American woman, her Canadian husband and their three young children have been released after five years as captives of an armed group with ties to the Afghan Taliban, American and Pakistani officials say.
US officials said on Thursday that Pakistan secured the release of Caitlan Coleman of Stewartstown, Pennsylvania, and her husband, Joshua Boyle, who were abducted five years ago while travelling in Afghanistan and had been held by the Haqqani network.
Coleman was pregnant when she was captured. The couple had three children while in captivity, and all have been freed, US officials said.
The Pakistani military confirmed the release and said the family was “being repatriated to the country of their origin.”
But as of Thursday morning, the family’s precise whereabouts were unclear, and it was not immediately known when they would return to North America.
The family was not in US custody, though they were together in a safe, undisclosed, location in Pakistan, a US national security official told the Associated Press news agency.