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A family is now enjoying freedom after being held for 5 years by a Taliban-linked terrorist group. Among those held captive: an American woman, her Canadian husband, and their three young children
USA TODAY

Pakistani officials say an American woman, her Canadian husband and their children have left Pakistan after being rescued from a Taliban-linked group that held them for five years, according to the Associated Press.

The two Pakistani security officials say Caitlan Coleman, her husband, Canadian Joshua Boyle, along with their three children left by plane from Islamabad on Friday. They did not say where the family was headed.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with official protocol.

The Pakistani army said its soldiers recovered the family in an operation based on U.S. intelligence.

Coleman and her husband were abducted in 2012 while traveling in Afghanistan and were held captive by the Haqqani network. 

The 32-year-old Stewartstown, Pa., native was seven months pregnant when she was captured after traveling to Afghanistan via Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.  The couple had three children while in captivity.

The Toronto Star reported there was a shootout and Boyle said the last words he heard from the kidnappers were, “kill the hostages,” according to the Associated Press. The paper reports all five kidnappers were then…