ISLAMABAD (AP) Developments on Friday, Oct. 13, about the release of an American woman, her Canadian husband, and their three children after being held for years by a group with ties to the Taliban (all time Pakistan Time Zone).
- 12:07 a.m.
The High Commissioner for Pakistan to Canada said Pakistani commandos carried out a raid and there was a shootout before they safely rescued the hostages from a van.
Tariq Azim Khan said the family were then flown by helicopter to the U.S. embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, where they remain.
He said the family were fit to travel and had not yet been decided whether they would fly to Canada or to the U.S. from there.
He was not sure how many of the suspects were killed, but said one or two escaped and there was a search for the suspects.
He said he exchanged emails with the father of Joshua Boyle to tell them they had been rescued.
- Thursday, Oct. 12, 11:23 p.m.
President Donald Trump’s chief of staff welcomed the family’s rescue.
John Kelly told reporters at the White House that Caitlan Coleman and her family had been essentially “living in a hole” for five years. “I mean that’s the kind of people we’re dealing with over there,” he added.
Kelly credited Pakistan with playing a key role in the rescue.
He also said the family was “being cared for now as we speak.”
- 11:15 p.m.
Joshua Boyle spoke to his parents and told them he had been in the trunk of the kidnappers’ car with his wife and children, when Pakistani forces rescued them.
The Toronto Star reported there was a shootout and Boyle said the last words he heard from the kidnappers were, “kill the hostages.”
The paper reported all five kidnappers were then shot dead and Boyle was injured with shrapnel.
Linda Boyle said it was the first time they had talked with their son in five years. She called it amazing and said he told them his children were looking forward to meeting their grandparents. All three kids were born in captivity.
- 10:53 p.m.
Coleman’s parents were elated about the release of their daughter and her family. Jim and Lyn Coleman placed a note on the door of their home in Stewartstown, Pennsylvania, which read they appreciated “all the interest and concern being expressed at the joyful news that Caity, Josh and our grandchildren have been released after five long years of captivity.”
They also asked people to respect their privacy and not knock on their door.
- 9:45 p.m.
People in a small Pennsylvania town rejoiced over news of the Boyle family’s release.
U.S. officials said Pakistan secured the family’s rescue.
Neighbors of Coleman’s parents said they couldn’t imagine how thrilled the couple must be about their upcoming opportunity to finally meet their grandchildren.
Family members remained inside their home in rural Stewartstown, about 40 miles north of Baltimore, where Coleman grew up.
Neighbor Karen Nycum said it must have been hard for her parents “maintaining that hope.”
- 9:00 p.m.
President Trump said Pakistan’s rescue of the family was a sign that “a lot of countries are starting to respect the United States of America once again.”
Trump praised Pakistan for its willingness to “do more to provide security in the region.”
- 8:35 p.m.
Canada’s foreign minister said her government was greatly relieved to learn about the family’s rescue after five years of being held hostage.
Chrystia Freeland said Canada had been engaged with the governments of the United States, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, and she thanked those countries for helping with the rescue.
The operation took place while Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Washington meeting with President Trump on Wednesday, and the two leaders had discussed it.
- 6:45 p.m.
President Trump called the rescue a “positive moment” for U.S. relations 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,” he said.
Trump added the U.S. hoped “to see this type of cooperation and teamwork in helping secure the release of remaining hostages and in our future joint counterterrorism operations.”