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Canada hails family's release from Taliban captivity

AFP  |  Ottawa 

voiced relief today at the release of a Canadian man, his American wife and their three children born in captivity.

The kidnapped couple were taken hostage in while backpacking in Central in 2012.

"We are greatly relieved that after being held hostage for five years, Joshua Boyle and his wife Caitlan Coleman, as well as their young children, have been released and are safe," said Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.

"Joshua, Caitlan, their children and the Boyle and Coleman families have endured a horrible ordeal over the past five years," she added in a statement.

Freeland said had been "actively engaged with the governments of the United States, and Pakistan" in trying to free the couple, but provided no details.

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First Published: Thu, October 12 2017. 22:13 IST