An American family has been released from captivity by a Taliban-related group after five years in Pakistan.
Caitlan Coleman, 31, says she was ‘defiled’ in front of her children during her ordeal.
Coleman was traveling in Afghanistan with her Canadian husband, Joshua Boyle, 34, when they were abducted in 2012.
She had three children during her time in captivity.
Donald Trump revealed the family had been released on Thursday. He said they were freed as a result of a joint mission with the US and Pakistan governments.
The president said: ‘Today they are free. This is a positive moment for our country’s relationship with 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.’
The family appeared in a number of hostage videos.
They hadn’t been seen since a video was sent to their families in December last year.
Captors demanded the release of Afghan prisoner in Kabul, and no ransom was ever requested.
Trump’s statement in full
In 2012, Caitlan Coleman, an American citizen, and her husband, Joshua Boyle, a Canadian citizen, were taken captive and held hostage by the Haqqani network, a terrorist organization with ties to the Taliban.
Ms. Coleman gave birth to the couple’s three children while they were in captivity. Yesterday, the United States government, working in conjunction with the Government of Pakistan, secured the release of the Boyle-Coleman family from captivity in Pakistan.
Today they are free. This is a positive moment for our country’s relationship with 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.
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.