Trump thanks Pakistan for helping to free Canadian man, family

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

Trump thanks Pakistan

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.

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