TALIBAN HOSTAGE FAMILY FREED BY PAKISTANI TROOPS

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Pakistani soldiers have freed a North American family of five who were being held hostage by the Afghan Taliban. Canadian Joshua Boyle and his US wife Caitlan Coleman were kidnapped while backpacking in Afghanistan in 2012. They had three children while in captivity. They were rescued after a US tip-off during an operation near the Afghan border, the Pakistani army said.

US President Donald Trump said it was a “positive moment” for US-Pakistan ties. “Ms Coleman gave birth to the couple’s three children while they were in captivity,” Mr Trump said in a White House statement. “Today, they are free.”

He added: “The Pakistani government’s co-operation is a sign that it is honouring America’s wishes for it to do more to provide security in the region.