Pakistani troops free North American family held hostage by Afghan Taliban for five years, Pakistani army says.

Pakistani soldiers have freed a North American family of five who were being held hostage by the Afghan Taliban, Pakistan's military says.
They were rescued during an operation in Kurram tribal district near the Afghan border, the army said.

It did not name the family, but Canadian Joshua Boyle and his US wife Caitlan Coleman were kidnapped while backpacking in Afghanistan in 2012.

They are known to have had children while in captivity.

"Pak Army recovered five Western hostages including one Canadian, his US national wife and their three children from terrorist custody," an army statement said.