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Oct 12, 2:19 PM EDT

Parents: Family's release by terror group is 'joyful news'

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STEWARTSTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania couple is expressing thanks for the public's response to the news their daughter and her family have been released from captivity after being held for five years by a Taliban-linked group.

U.S. officials announced Thursday that Pakistan had secured the release of Caitlan Coleman of Stewartstown, Pennsylvania; her husband, Canadian Joshua Boyle; and their three children, who they had in captivity.

A sign posted on the front door of the Stewartstown home of Jim and Lyn Coleman says the family appreciates the "concern being expressed at the joyful news that Caity, Josh and our grandchildren have been released after five long years of captivity."

At the same time the sign asks that their privacy be respected while they "make plans for the future."

Caitlan Coleman and her husband were abducted while traveling in Afghanistan.

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