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U.S. Mom, Husband and 3 Kids Freed by Taliban After 5 Years

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U.S. Mom, Husband and 3 Kids Freed by Taliban After 5 Years

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The Taliban has released an American woman along with her Canadian husband and their three children, a U.S. official and the Pakistani military said Thursday.

Caitlan Coleman, who is originally from Pennsylvania, and Joshua Boyle were kidnapped by the militants while hiking in Afghanistan in late 2012.

Image: Caitlan Coleman

The five family members were in the custody of officials from the U.S. Embassy in neighboring Pakistan, according to a U.S. official.

The Pakistani military confirmed the news in a statement.

The Pakistani Army "recovered five Western hostages including one Canadian, his U.S. national wife and their three children from terrorist custody through an intelligence-based operation by Pakistan troops and intelligence agencies," according to the statement.

Coleman and her husband had been held for five years and one day, according to the U.S. official.

The U.S. military referred all questions to the State Department.

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