**Updated** N.B. man and family released from captivity

**Updated at 7:28 a.m.**

A Canadian-American family held captive by the Taliban for years in Afghanistan has been freed.

Joshua Boyle from Perth-Andover and his American wife Caitlan Coleman were travelling in 2012 when they were abducted.

The couple had three children while in captivity.

The Pakistani military says U.S. intelligence agencies had been tracking the hostages and discovered they had come into Pakistan on Oct. 11 through tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.

American officials say Pakistan secured the release of the whole family.

Two Pakistani security officials said Friday that the family left by plane from Islamabad, but did not say where the family was headed.

The BBC was reporting early Friday that the family was headed to London, England.

Boyle's parents, who live in Smiths Falls, Ont., said Thursday evening that their son and his family intend to come to Canada.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is asking for the privacy of the couple and their children to be respected.

Trudeau thanked Canada's allies for their work in ending the ordeal.