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Haqqani captors killed child, raped wife, Canadian ex-hostage says

After landing at Canada with his family Friday night Joshua Boyle told colleagues some terrifying information about his family’s ordeal in Afghanistan.

He raped his wife and explained his wife captive for five years along with the Haqqani network, which held him, had murdered his infant daughter in captivity.

Boyle landed with his wife and three children Friday in Canada.

The couple was rescued Wednesday, five years after the extremist community while in Afghanistan had abducted them as part of a excursion.

Coleman had four children in captivity and was pregnant at the time. Before Boyle appeared before journalists at the Toronto 20, the birth of the child had not been known.

“The stupidity and evil of this Haqqani network’s kidnapping of a pilgrim and his heavily pregnant wife participated in assisting normal villagers in Taliban-controlled regions of Afghanistan was eclipsed only by the stupidity and evil of authorizing the murder of my infant daughter,” he explained.

Boyle said his wife was raped. He asked to bring them to justice.

He explained he was in Afghanistan to assist villagers “who live deep inside Taliban-controlled Afghanistan where no NGO, no aid worker without a government has ever successfully managed to deliver the necessary assistance.”

Ex-hostage Joshua Boyle talks to reporters after arriving in Toronto, Oct. 13, 2017. Boyle, his wife Caitlin Coleman, along with their three children landed in Canada after being held hostage in Afghanistan. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via Associated Press)

After returning to his parents’ house in Smiths Falls, Ontario, on Saturday, ” Boyle e-mailed The Associated Press with a new statement stating they had “reached the first true ‘house’ that the children have ever known – after they spent the majority of Friday asking if each succeeding airport was our new house ideally.”  

“Our daughter has had a cursory medical examination last night, along with hospital staff were enthusiastically insistent that her opportunities seemed miraculously high based on a fast physical. Complete medical work-ups for each member of my family have been organized at the moment, and God-willing the recovery process – physically and emotionally can start.”  

It was reported earlier that among his children was in poor health and had to be force-fed by their Pakistani rescuers.  

On the plane from London, Boyle supplied a written statement to the Associated Press stating his household has “unparalleled resilience and determination.”

Coleman, who’s out of Stewartstown, Pa., sat in the aisle of the business class cabin sporting a tan-colored headscarf.

She nodded when she confirmed her identity to a reporter. Next to her were her two children. At the chair beyond that has been Boyle. U.S. State Department officials were on the plane with them.

The handwritten statement that Boyle gave the AP expressed debate with U.S. foreign policy.

“God has given me and my family unparalleled resilience and determination, and to permit that to stagnate, to pursue personal pleasure or relaxation while there’s still deliberate and organized injustice on earth would be a betrayal of all I believe, and tantamount to sacrilege,” he wrote.

He nodded to one of those State Department officials and said, “Their interests aren’t my interests.”

The family was able to leave until the rest of the passengers from the plane with their escorts. There was approximately a 5- to 10-minute delay until everyone else was allowed out.

Dan Boyle, Joshua’s younger brother, said that he had spoken a few times.

Linda and Patrick Boyle, parents of Joshua Boyle, speak to colleagues out of their home in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Oct. 12, 2017. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via Associated Press)

“He’s doing really well. He seems much like how he sounded five years back. He seems just like he had his mind on his shoulders and his wits about him,” he explained.

The Canadian government said in a statement they will “continue to encourage him and his family today that they’ve returned.”

“Now, we combine the Boyle family in rejoicing over the long-awaited return to Canada of the nearest and dearest,” the Canadian government said.

Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Nafees Zakaria said the Pakistani raid that led to the family’s rescue was based on a tip from U.S. intelligence and shows that Pakistan will act against a “common enemy” if Washington shares information.

U.S. officials have long accused Pakistan of ignoring groups like the Haqqani community, which was holding the household.

A U.S. national security official, who was not authorized to discuss operational details of this release and spoke only on condition of anonymity, said the U.S. got actionable information, handed it to Pakistani government officials, requested them to interdict and recover the hostages — and they did.

On Friday, President Donald Trump, who previously warned Pakistan to prevent harboring militants, praised Pakistan for its “cooperation on several fronts.” On Twitter, he wrote that the U.S. is beginning to develop “a much better relationship with Pakistan and its own leaders.”

The operation seemed to have unfolded fast and finished with what some described as a dangerous raid, a shootout and a captor’s final, frightening threat to “kill the hostage.” Boyle told his parents that their children, his wife and he were intercepted by Pakistani forces while being transported in the back or trunk of the captors’ automobile and that some of his captors were murdered. He suffered a shrapnel wound, his family said.

U.S. officials did not confirm those information.

A U.S. military official said that a military hostage staff had flown to Pakistan on Wednesday prepared to fly out the family. The team did a preliminary medical assessment and had a transport plane ready to go, but sometime after daybreak since the household members walked into the plane, Boyle said he did not want to board, ” the official said.

Boyle’s father said his son did not wish to board the plane the family wanted to return to North America and since it was headed to Bagram Air Base. Another U.S. official said Boyle was anxious about being in “custody” given his family ties.

He was married to a mature financier’s daughter, the sister of former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr and Zaynab Khadr. When Omar Khadr was a boy her dad, the late Ahmed Said Khadr, along with the family stayed with Osama bin Laden briefly.

The Canadian-born Omar Khadr was 15 when he was seized by U.S. troops after a firefight and was shot into the U.S. detention centre at Guantanamo Bay. Officials had ignored any connection between that background and Boyle’s capture, with a single official describing it in 2014 as a “horrible curse”

The U.S. Justice Department said neither Boyle nor Coleman is desired for any federal crime.

U.S. officials predict the Haqqani team a terrorist organization and have targeted its own leaders with drone strikes. But the group also functions like a criminal community. Unlike the Islamic State team, it does not generally execute hostages, preferring to ransom them for cash.

The Haqqani network had previously demanded the release of Anas Haqqani, a son of the creator of this team, in exchange for turning over the American-Canadian family. In one of the movies Boyle implored the government not to execute Taliban prisoners, or his wife and he could be murdered.

U.S. officials also have said that many other Americans are being held by militant groups in Afghanistan or Pakistan.

They comprise Kevin King, 60 and Paul Overby, a writer in his 70s who had traveled several times but disappeared at mid-2014.

The household had left Pakistan on a commercial flight after Boyle reportedly balked at accepting a U.S. plane out of Pakistan, fearing that his background could land him at the American detention centre at Guantanamo Bay.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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