Pakistan’s army said Thursday its troops have rescued a Canadian man, his American wife and their three children from “terrorist custody” following a tip from U.S. intelligence agencies.

The couple were kidnapped in Afghanistan in 2012, and U.S. intelligence on Wednesday told Pakistan that the hostages had been moved over the border into northwestern Pakistan, according to an army statement. It did not say when the rescue took place.

“The success underscores the importance of timely intelligence sharing and Pakistan’s continued commitment towards fighting this menace through co-operation between two forces against a common enemy,” the statement said. 

The description of the rescued hostages matches that of Canadian Joshua Boyle and American Caitlan Coleman, captured in Afghanistan in 2012. Coleman was pregnant when they were kidnapped and is known to have had at least two children in captivity. 

The CBC has contacted Global Affairs Canada for confirmation. 

Afghanistan Captives

Canadian Joshua Boyle and American Caitlan Coleman, who were kidnapped in Afghanistan in 2012. The Pakistan army said Thursday a family matching their description was rescued from ‘terrorist custody.’ (SITE Intel Group via Associated Press)

With files from CBC News