A statement from Linda and Patrick Boyle on the release of their son Joshua, daughter-in-law Caitlan Coleman and their three grandchildren from the Taliban in Afghanistan. (The Toronto Star)

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Or read an excerpt from Star reporter Michelle Shepard’s story below:

Canadian Joshua Boyle, his American wife Caitlan Coleman and their children are finally free after five years held hostage in Afghanistan by the Taliban-linked Haqqani network.

Boyle called his parents early Thursday morning to tell of their rescue. He also told his father that they’ve had a third baby in custody, a little girl who was born two months ago.

“Josh said he was doing pretty well for someone who has spent the last five years in an underground prison,” Patrick Boyle told the Star early Thursday, about his conversation with his son.

The young family is in Pakistan and plans were underway midday Thursday to fly them home.

Boyle told his parents that he was in the trunk of the kidnappers’ car with his wife and children, when Pakistani forces rescued them. There was a shoot out and Boyle said the last words he heard from the kidnappers were, “kill the hostages.”

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