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Pakistan took 'tremendous advantage' of United States for years: President Donald Trump

Pakistan took 'tremendous advantage' of United States for years: President Donald Trump

Joshua Boyle, a Canadian, and his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, were held hostage by the Taliban's Haqqani network for five years after they were abducted while traveling in Afghanistan.

The Toronto Star reported that Boyle told his parents that he was in the trunk of the kidnappers' vehicle with his wife and children when they were rescued by Pakistani forces. Coleman was pregnant at the time and they are now back free with three children, having given birth during the captivity.

They intercepted their vehicle in Kurram, which is 165 miles across the border from Kabul, and found the family in the trunk of the auto. "They've been essentially living in a hole for five years", he said.

USA intelligence services had been tracking the movement of the hostages and informed their Pakistani partners when the hostages were moved across the Pak-Afghan border into Kurram Agency on October 11, 2017.

US President Donald Trump praised the family's release, calling it a "positive moment" in US-Pakistani relations.

Boyle's sister, Kaeryn, told Xinhua that "We're really glad that they're free".

"So we're waiting for that", his mother, Linda Boyle, said in a video posted on the Toronto Star newspaper's website.

"The success underscores the importance of timely intelligence sharing and Pakistan's continued commitment towards fighting this menace through co-operation between two forces against a common enemy", the statement said.

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"The good news is that Pakistan officials got the custody of the American citizens, took them into custody and held them for us", said Kelly.

In a video message, father of Joshua expressed profound thanks for the courageous Pakistan soldiers, who rescued his son's family.

One US official told the Associated Press that Boyle had been nervous about being in "custody" because of his background, though another official clarified that the family was not formally in US custody.

The Toronto Star reported that the last words Boyle heard from the kidnappers were "kill the hostages".

Pakistani officials say they only crossed over from Afghanistan that night whereas United States and Canadian officials said they had been in the country for years.

Colin Cookman, who coordinates research work on South Asia at the US Institute of Peace, said the release of the family was a case of close operational cooperation between the two nations. The Army said it acted on intelligence shared by the US.

Coleman was five months pregnant when her husband took her to Afghanistan in 2012.

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