Taliban deny freed hostage accusations

Marsha Scott
October 16, 2017

Freed Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle says he believes he and his wife were targeted for kidnapping because she was visibly pregnant at the time.

After landing in Toronto on Friday Boyle accused his captors of killing his baby daughter and raping his wife - accusations which the Taliban said were "fake".

"No one has either intentionally murdered the child of this couple and neither has anyone violated or defiled them", said the statement.

Boyle said the kids, who were born in captivity, were adjusting to a new reality after growing up amid a group of "pagan" bandits.

"We categorically reject these false allegations and manufactured on the part of the hostage canada in the hands of the enemy", he says.

The Canadian Joshua Boyle and the American Caitlan Coleman arrived in Toronto on Saturday with their three children - two boys aged 4 and 2 years old and a girl 4 months - born during their captivity.

Meanwhile Coleman's father criticized his son in-law for having taken his heavily pregnant wife to Afghanistan in 2012.

The family was released on Wednesday, the Pakistani military after information from American intelligence.

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The Haqqani group is headed by Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is also the Afghan Taliban's deputy leader. In the seat beyond that was Boyle, with their youngest child in his lap.

"Taking your pregnant wife to a very risky place, to me, and the kind of person I am, is unconscionable", said Jim Coleman. 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.

"If such a thing had been allowed, they would never be returned home with their three children", replied Zabihullah Mujahid. 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.

His family said some of his captors were killed and Mr Boyle suffered a shrapnel wound.

Boyle had been a staunch critic of the human rights abuses in the United States war on terror after the attacks on September 11, 2001 and was previously married for a year to the sister of an inmate at the U.S. military detention centre at Guantanamo Bay. She was the daughter of a senior al Qaeda financier and friend of Osama bin Laden. Officials had discounted any link between that background and Boyle's capture, with one describing it in 2014 as a "horrible coincidence".

In a statement read on his arrival Boyle condemned the Haqqani network's "stupidity and evil of authorising the murder of my infant daughter" in "retaliation for my repeated refusal to accept an offer that the miscreant of the Haqqani network had made to me, and the stupidity and evil of the subsequent rape of my wife".

"Coleman and Boyle are not charged with any federal crime and, as such, we do not seek their arrest", spokesman Wyn Hornbuckle said.

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