Kidnapped held 5 years US Canadian family free in Pakistan
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. officials say an American woman and her Canadian husband are free five years after they were seized by a terrorist network in the mountains of Afghanistan.
The couple and their children -- all three born in captivity -- were rescued in a dramatic operation orchestrated by the U.S. and Pakistani governments, officials said Thursday.
Caitlan Coleman of Stewartstown, Pennsylvania, and her husband, Canadian Joshua Boyle, were abducted in October 2012 and held by the Haqqani network, which has ties to the Taliban and is considered a terrorist organization by the United States.
The operation came after years of U.S. pressure on Pakistan for assistance. It unfolded quickly and included what some described as a shootout and a dangerous raid. U.S. officials did not confirm the details.