USA officials say Pakistan secured the release of Caitlan Coleman and her husband, Canadian Joshua Boyle. Coleman was pregnant when they were kidnapped and is known to have had at least two children in captivity.
In Pakistan, its military said in a statement that US intelligence agencies had been tracking the hostages and discovered they had come into Pakistan on October 11 through its tribal areas bordering Afghanistan. United States officials confirmed there was intelligence about their location in recent days that was shared with the Pakistanis.
Their families did not know they had crossed into Afghanistan.
An Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement today said the hostages included a Canadian, his American wife, and their three children. "And one of my generals came in".
"This is a country that did not respect us, this is a country that respects us now".
The rescued hostages "are being repatriated to their country of origin", it added. In December the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Gen. John Nicholson, said the Haqqani Network held a total of five American hostages.
Boyle, 34, and Coleman, 31, were kidnapped by the Taliban-linked Haqqani network in October 2012. They want money, power and friends.
It was not clear when the video was shot, but it was released after rumours swirled in Kabul that the government was planning to execute Anas Haqqani, son of the Taliban-allied Haqqani network's founder, who has been held since 2014.
The U.S. has long criticized Pakistan for failing to aggressively go after the Haqqanis, who have been behind many attacks against U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan.
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