American, Canadian Freed After Being Held Hostage Since 2012
12 October, 2017, 16:24 | Author: Valerie Burke
The rescue was announced in a statement Thursday from Pakistan's army.
Pakistan's army said Thursday its troops have rescued a Canadian man, his American wife and their three children from "terrorist custody" following a tip from USA intelligence agencies.
The couple went missing in Afghanistan in 2012 and the Afghan Taliban later claimed responsibility for abducting them.
It added: "The operation by Pakistani forces, based on actionable intelligence from USA authorities, was successful; all hostages were recovered safe and sound".
The army did not name those held, only saying it worked with USA intelligence officials to track them down and free them after discovering they had been brought into Pakistan.
The recovered hostages "are being repatriated to their country of origin", the ISPR said.
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U.S. intelligence officials believed the couple was being held by the Haqqani Network, a branch of the Taliban believed to be responsible for some of the group's most violent and sophisticated attacks. US officials call the group a terrorist organization and have targeted its leaders with drone strikes.
The Afghan government has captured several senior members of the Haqqani Network and United States officials believed the Taliban faction had hoped to exchange American hostages for their release.
A US national security official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing operation, commended Pakistan for their assistance.
In August 2016, the Haqqani Taliban snatched two professors from American University of Kabul, one American and one Australian, in retaliation for Anas Haqqani's death sentence. They had started their trip in Russian Federation, then traveled to Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, before finally ending up in Afghanistan.
In September, three administration officials told CNN that US Special Operations Forces from SEAL Team 6 attempted to rescue the two teachers shortly after they were kidnapped but the captives were not at the location the US forces raided.
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