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Pakistan recovers kidnapped Canadian-American family

Pakistan recovers kidnapped Canadian-American family

Oct 12, 2017 - 18:22

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Pakistani security forces have recovered a hostage foreign family with the help of US spy agency from Kurram tribal region, a media report said on Thursday.

The Pakistaninfo-icon Army’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a statement said the hostages included a Canadian, his American wife, and their three children.

The hostages were recovered "through an intelligence-based operation by Pakistani troops and the ISIinfo-icon [Inter-Services Intelligence]." "They were captured by terrorists from Afghanistaninfo-icon in 2012 and kept as hostages there," the ISPR handout read.

"US intelligence agencies had been tracking them and shared their shifting across to Pakistan on October 11, 2017, through the Kurram Agency border," the Pakistani military statement said.

Although the identities of the recovered hostages have not yet been revealed, they are believed to be Joshua Bolye and Caitlan Coleman.

The family was on a backpacking trip when captured in 2012 and their three children were born in captivity.

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