American Caitlan Coleman and her Canadian husband, Joshua Boyle, were freed Wednesday after being held captive by Taliban group Haqqani Network for five years, according to an ABC News report.
They were kidnapped in 2012 while travelling in Afghanistan. The couple, now parents to three children who have all been born in captivity, released their "proof of life" video in December of 2016. The video featured the family, with Coleman sending out a plea for help to then-President Barrack Obama, and president-elect Donald Trump.
"I have waited, since 2012, for someone to understand our problems," Coleman said.
Upon Coleman and Boyle's release, a statement by the Pakistani Army was released after arrangements were made between the U.S. and Pakistan.
"The operation by Pakistani forces, based on actionable intelligence from US authorities was successful; all hostages were recovered safe and sound and are being repatriated to the country of their origin," the statement said. "The success underscores the importance of timely intelligence sharing and Pakistan's continued commitment towards fighting this menace through cooperation between two forces against a common enemy."
President Trump praised Pakistan for their cooperation and saw Coleman and Boyle's release as a "positive movement" in the relationship between the US and Pakistan.
"The Pakistani government's cooperation is a sign that it is honoring America's wishes for it to do more to provide security in the region," Trump said in a statement Thursday. "We hope to see this type of cooperation and teamwork in helping secure the release of remaining hostages and in our future joint counterterrorism operations."
The Haqqani Network might be in possession of other American hostages. According to a New York Times report, Kevin King, an American university professor, was kidnapped by the Taliban in August 2016. A video was released earlier this year of King's plea to President Trump.
"Have mercy on me and get me out," King said in the video.
Video released by the Taliban in December 2016, featured Caitlan Coleman, 31, and her husband, Joshua Boyle, 34, with their children. Photo: YouTube
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