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Canadian Says Child Killed, US Wife Raped In Afghanistan During Kidnapping

Canadian Says Child Killed, US Wife Raped In Afghanistan During Kidnapping

Ms Coleman and Mr Boyle were rescued on Wednesday (local time), five years after they had been abducted by a Taliban-linked extremist network while in Afghanistan as part of a backpacking trip. The couple's three children were all born in captivity. "Did we not put bullets in those bastards?'" Boyle recalled, appearing beside his wife and children in the video.

"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 Boyle", Boyle said, revealing the murder of his daughter.

Speaking to reporters Mr Boyle indicated they had had a fourth child, a girl, who had been killed by their captors, The Taliban-allied Haqqani network. The team did a preliminary health assessment and had a transport plane ready to go, but sometime after daybreak Thursday, as the family members were walking to the plane, Boyle said he did not want to board, the official said.

Earlier, Mr Boyle told his parents that he, his wife and their children were intercepted by Pakistani forces while being transported in the back or trunk of their captors' auto and that some of his captors were killed.

USA officials did not confirm those details.

"God willing, this litany of stupidity will be the epitaph of the Haqqani network", he said.

Ms Coleman, wearing a tan-coloured headscarf, sat in the aisle of the business class cabin during the flight. He adds the family is fit to travel, but it's undecided whether they will fly to Canada or to the USA from there.

The Pakistani military said the rescue operation was carried out by the ISI with the army's support on the basis of actionable intelligence provided by the U.S., which had been tracking the victims.

The operation appeared to have unfolded quickly and ended with what some described as a unsafe raid, a shootout and a captor's final, terrifying threat to "kill the hostage".

Boyle provided a separate, handwritten statement then expressing disagreement with USA foreign policy.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, who has met with Joshua Boyle's parents in the past, said Thursday that their son and his family had endured an "absolutely frightful ordeal".

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The Canadian government said in a statement that it joined the Boyle family "in rejoicing over the long-awaited return to Canada of their loved ones".

Boyle's mother told CBC News the family is probably still facing "really tough times".

But her father Jim told ABC America he was still angry at Mr Boyle for arranging the trip to Afghanistan.

"What I can say is taking your pregnant wife to a very risky place, to me and the kind of person that I am, it's unconscionable", Coleman's father, Jim, told "Good Morning America" Friday.

In a video released by Pakistan's military that was filmed before he left that country for home, Boyle said Pakistani security forces positioned themselves between the hostages and their Haqqani network captors to keep the family safe amid the gunfire. One US official told the Associated Press that Boyle had been nervous about being in "custody" because of his background, though another official clarified that the family was not formally in US custody.

Boyle said he and his family would now look to try and rebuild their lives in Canada.

No Pakistani was told of the bin Laden raid because Americans couldn't trust them, and were confident the information would be leaked, as it had been once before, when U.S. cruise missiles hit an al-Qaeda camp in Khost, Afghanistan, in 1998 during a strike aimed at bin Laden.

Mr Boyle was once married to Zaynab Khadr, the older sister of former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr and the daughter of a senior Al Qaeda financier.

Multilateral efforts aimed at stability in Afghanistan are in full swing, with Oman set to host a US-China-Afghanistan-Pakistan meeting on October 16, close on the heels of the SCO contact group meet in Moscow and Indo-Afghan investment show in Delhi.

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

The Haqqani group had previously demanded the release of Anas Haqqani, a son of the founder of the group, in exchange for turning over the American-Canadian family.


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