President Donald Trump thanked Pakistan Thursday for their collaboration in rescuing Canadian Joshua Boyle and his family after they spent five years held in captivity by a Taliban-associated group
Canadian Joshua Boyle, his wife, and their three children are free after spending five years in captivity, held by a group associated with the Taliban. In 2012, Boyle and his American-born wife, Caitlan Coleman, set out on a journey through Central Asia and were captured near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
Coleman was pregnant at the time. She has now given birth to three children in captivity — two boys and a girl.
On Thursday, U.S. officials said in a statement that the Pakistan army “recovered five Western hostages including one Canadian, his U.S. national wife and their three children from terrorist custody through an intelligence-based operation by Pakistan troops and intelligence agencies.”
Officials say Pakistani commandos carried out a raid and there was a shootout before they safely rescued the hostages from a van.