Canadian hostages: the taliban deny they have killed and raped

Pakistan official details car chase that freed kidnapped US-Canadian family

Canadian Hostage Joshua Boyle Tells of Frightening Details of Family's Ordeal in Afghanistan

After being held hostage for five years by a Taliban-affiliated terrorist network in the mountains of Afghanistan, a Canadian man, his American wife and their three children born in captivity arrived in Toronto Friday night. He did not immediately elaborate.

Mujahid also says "from the time the couple were detained until their release" Boyle and Coleman were never separated because the kidnappers "did not want to incite any suspicion".

The family were rescued by the Pakistan Army in an operation in Kohat on the basis of "actionable intelligence" provided by Washington, that indicated the hostages and their captors had crossed the Pak-Afghan border into Kurram Agency on Oct 11, 2017. 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' vehicle and that some of his captors were killed.

Providing few details, Boyle said the death of his daughter and his wife's rape occurred in 2014.

The faction has always been suspected of having links with Pakistan's shadowy military establishment.

"During a period of detention an incident did take place when the woman became ill. Did we not put bullets in those bastards?'" Boyle recalled, appearing beside his wife and children in the video.

"Obviously it will be of incredible importance to my family to build a secure sanctuary to call a home, to focus on edification and to regain some portion of the childhood they have lost", he said.

"Taking your pregnant wife to a very unsafe place, to me, and the kind of person I am, it's unconscionable", Jim Coleman told ABC News' "Good Morning America".

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

Mr Boyle added: 'These are children who three days ago they did know what a toilet looks like.

On Thursday, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said Boyle was not a target of any investigation.

The couple told U.S. officials and their families they wanted to fly commercially to Canada.

A second Pakistani security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said USA drones had been circling the town of Kohat, on the edge of the tribal areas on Wednesday, suggesting United States co-operation included sophisticated surveillance inside Pakistan.

Pakistan's military said the family were rescued after entering Pakistan from Afghanistan, but two Taliban sources with knowledge of the family's captivity said they had been kept in Pakistan in recent years.

"The criminals who held us, they were not good Muslims", Boyle is shown as saying.

The Government of Canada issued the following statement on the arrival of Joshua Boyle, his wife Caitlan Coleman and their children at Toronto's Pearson International Airport: "Today, we join the Boyle family in rejoicing over the long-awaited return to Canada of their loved ones". Boyle denied reports he had refused to be flown home aboard a U.S. military aircraft.

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