( CNN) An American girl, her Canadian husband and their three children have been freed from captivity by Pakistani security force, virtually five years after being taken hostage by the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network in Afghanistan.

The initial word came from a Pakistani Army statement and was confirmed by US officials.

The couple, American Caitlan Coleman, 31, and her Canadian spouse, Joshua Boyle, 33, were kidnapped in 2012 while they were traveling as tourists in Afghanistan and were held in captivity since.

Parents of liberate Canadian captives speak