Freed family reaches Canada, says kidnappers killed 1 child

Katrina Barker
October 16, 2017

The couple were abducted in October 2012 while in Afghanistan as part of a brief backpacking trip and held by the Haqqani network, which has ties to the Taliban and is considered a terrorist organization by the USA government.

He added, revealing the rape of his wife, "As retaliation of the repeated refusal to accept an offer that the criminal miscreants of the Haqqani had made to me".

Joshua Boyle - who arrived at Toronto's Pearson International Airport with his wife Caitlan Coleman and their children - told reporters inside the Air Canada terminal that the Haqqani network killed a fourth child born in captivity, an infant daughter, and raped his wife.

After returning to his parents" home in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Boyle emailed The Associated Press a statement saying they had "reached the first true "home' that the children have ever known — after they spent most of Friday asking if each subsequent airport was our new house hopefully".

The troops were part of a search party deployed in the Kurram tribal district to hunt down the handlers of a kidnapped American-Canadian family Pakistani forces rescued from captivity last week on a tip from USA intelligence, the army said. "If such a thing had been allowed, they would never be returned home with their three children", replied Zabihullah Mujahid.

In an interview with ABC News' "Good Morning America", Jim Coleman, of Stewartstown, Pa., said he remained angry that Boyle took Caitlan into Afghanistan in 2012, where they were abducted by Islamic extremists affiliated with the Taliban.

The Haqqani group is headed by Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is also the Afghan Taliban's deputy leader.

He nodded toward one of the State Department officials and said, "Their interests are not my interests".

The couple and their children were rescued in a dramatic operation orchestrated by the USA and Pakistani governments, officials said Thursday. Coleman was pregnant at the time.

"He wants to be home", the father told CNN from his home in Canada. 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.

Meanwhile, Mr Boyle denied reports he had had refused to board a plane that was preparing to take the family home.

Mr Boyle was previously married to the older sister of former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr. Officials had discounted any link between that background and Boyle's capture, with one describing it in 2014 as a "horrible coincidence".

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