Published: Sun, October 15, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Freed hostage says captors "ran like cowards"

Freed hostage says captors

Joshua Boyle, his American wife Caitlan Coleman and their children arrived Friday night at Toronto's Pearson International Airport after Pakistani military forces secured their release from the Haqqani network earlier this week.

Interacting with media, Boyle said: "The stupidity and evil of the Haqqani network's 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 authorising the murder of my infant daughter". He did not specify what the offer was.

Boyle said his wife was raped by a guard who was assisted by his superiors. A Taliban spokesman in Afghanistan did not respond to messages seeking reaction.

I was in Afghanistan helping the most neglected minority group in the world.

"He sounds and look like how he sounded five years ago". Bergdahl was released in a 2014 prisoner swap in exchange for five Taliban figures held by the United States.

He also said that his wife was raped. The Haqqani group is headed by Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is also the Afghan Taleban's deputy leader.

Coleman and Boyle were abducted in October 2012 while traveling in a remote area of Afghanistan outside Kabul. The couple had previously claimed that they were on a six-month hiking trip through Central Asia. At that time, Mrs. Coleman was pregnant. Before the new allegations, the couple was believed to have three children, who were rescued with their parents. In captivity she gave birth to several children.

The pair returned from the captivity with three children who were born in captivity. Until this week, multiple attempts by USA officials to negotiate their release had failed.

According to Pakistani military officials and statements by Boyle, 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". He suffered only a shrapnel wound, his family said.

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"The criminals who held us, they were not good Muslims", Boyle is shown as saying. "I want to thank them for their cooperation on many fronts", U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted Friday.

The Pakistan government issued a statement on Thursday to confirm the news of the rescue of the Canadian family with the help of an operation carried out by the troops and intelligence agencies of the country.

"Our first priority was that the captives are brought out safely". The army recovered the hostages safely from the auto.

A senior Pakistani security source last Friday detailed how the family were freed following a vehicle chase in the north-western tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

Boyle was active in the campaign to win Khadr's release from Guantanamo and his transfer to Canada in 2012, where he was freed on bail in 2015.

According to reports, the younger child has health problems.

He called on the Taliban to bring the Haqqani network to justice.

Boyle said Saturday that his middle child, Dhakwoen Noah, 2, is more fearful, "nearly as distressed as he was in prison, it seems everything reminds him of the horrors of prison; cameras are equated to hostage videos, pens are equated to syringes used to drug his parents with ketamine by the guards, slamming doors is associated with cell searches or worse, it seems his healing process has barely begun - so we pray that God will hasten it".

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