The recovered hostages are US and Canadian citizens and were recovered in rescue operation

RAWALPINDI (Dunya News) – Pakistan Army recovered five hostage foreigners from remote area on Thursday, according to inputs from Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

All five persons are members of a family of foreigners including a Canadian man, his US-born wife and three kids. They were abducted by Afghan-based terrorists in 2012 and kept as hostages for five years.

Security agencies of the United States (US) had informed Pakistan yesterdat through intelligence link that the hostages were transferred from Afghanistan to Pakistan across the border.

Today, Pakistan Army conducted a rescue operation and recovered these five foreigners from within the country. "Pak Army recovered 5 Western hostages including 1 Canadian, his US national wife and their three children from terrorist custody. (The hostages are) safe and sound and are being repatriated to the country of their origin," the official statement from Pakistan Army said.

Terrorists had transferred the kidnapped family through Kurram Agency while Pak Army soldiers conducted a successful operation on the basis of intelligence information. All five persons were rescued in the operation.

Army spokesperson told that the successful operation strengthens the determination of Pakistan to work with the US in order to eradicate terrorism from the country. These recovered family will be sent to their homeland soon.