Freed Taliban Hostage Says Captors Raped His Wife, Authorized Child's Killing

Freed Taliban Hostage Says Captors Raped His Wife, Authorized Child's Killing

Canadian Joshua Boyle, his American wife Caitlan Coleman and their three young children landed at Toronto's airport late Friday night, where Boyle told reporters that the network killed his newborn daughter and raped his wife during their five years in captivity.

Their rescue comes five years after they were abducted while backpacking in Afghanistan.

They were instead flown to Toronto, where, according to reports, Boyle described how one child was malnourished and had to be force-fed by their Pakistani rescuers.

A senior Pakistani security source on Friday detailed how the family, who were expected to leave Pakistan on Friday, were freed following a auto chase in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

USA officials call the Haqqani group a terrorist organisation and have targeted its leaders with drone strikes.

"The stupidity and the evil of the Haqqani networks kidnapping of a pilgrim and his heavily-pregnant wife engaged in helping ordinary villagers in Taliban-controlled regions of Afghanistan was eclipsed only by the stupidity and evil of authorizing the murder of my infant daughter, Martyr, as retaliation for my repeated refusal to accept an offer that the criminal miscreants of the Thani network had made to me", Boyle said Friday. Coleman was not at the news conference.

A family held hostage by Taliban-linked extremist Haqqani network in Afghanistan has returned to Canada where they will undergo full medical exams.

He called on the Afghan government to bring the Haqqani network to justice.

"And the stupidity and evil of the subsequent rape of my wife, not as a lone action by one guard but assisted by the captain of the guard and supervised by the commandant...of the Haqqani network, God-willing this litany of stupidity will be the epithet of the Haqqani network", he continued.

He did not take questions form reporters. The ISI (Pakistan's intelligence agency) and the army got between the criminals and the vehicle to make sure the prisoners were safe and my family was safe.

Mr Boyle's father said his son did not want to board the plane because it was headed to Bagram Air Base and the family wanted to return directly to North America. Coleman, who is from Stewartstown, Pennsylvania, sat in the aisle of the business-class cabin wearing a tan-colored headscarf. In the seat beyond that was Boyle, with their youngest child in his lap. "I don't know what five years in captivity would do to somebody, but if it were me and I saw a USA aircraft and US soldiers, I'd be running for it", Jim said.

But Mr Boyle confirmed Najaeshi's two-year-old brother Dhakwoen Noah was finding it harder to adjust to his new home.

Mr. Boyle says his family has changed prison at least three times.

"We join the Boyle family in rejoicing over the long-awaited return to Canada of their loved ones", the Canadian government said Friday.

After the release of the family, they emphasised the importance of co-operation and intelligence sharing by Washington, which has threatened to cut military aid and other punitive measures against Pakistan.

Jim also questioned Boyle's decision to fly to his native Canada rather than board a US military plane that was reportedly waiting to take them out of Pakistan.

"I assure you, I have never refused to board any mode of transportation that would bring me closer to home, closer to Canada and back with my family", he said.

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