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Posted: October 14, 2017

Freed hostage says captors raped his wife

Caitlan Coleman, Family Rescued After Being Held Prisoner by Terrorists in Afghanistan

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Freed hostage says captors raped his wife
Joshua Boyle speaks to the media. He and his wife Caitlain Coleman and their two sons, 4 and 2, and newborn daughter returned to Canada after being held hostage for five years .

By Bob D’Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

TORONTO —

A Canadian man, freed with his family after five years as hostages in Pakistan, said his captors raped his wife and authorized the killing of one of his children, CNN reported.

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"The stupidity and the 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 authorizing the murder of my infant daughter, Martyr Boyle," Joshua Boyle told reporters when he arrived in Toronto on Friday night.

He said his captors' actions were a retaliation for his “repeated refusal to accept an offer” from them.

Boyle, his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, and their three children were freed Thursday in a mission carried out by Pakistani forces, CNN reported.

The couple was held for five years by the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network in Afghanistan after their kidnapping in 2012. Their three children were born during their time in captivity, CNN reported.

Coleman was pregnant at the time of their kidnapping and had two more children in captivity. Boyle did not say whether a death actually occurred, only that his captors were responsible for “authorizing the murder” of his infant daughter.

He said Coleman was raped by a guard who was assisted by his superiors and asked Afghan authorities to bring them to justice.

“I certainly do not intend to allow a brutal and sacrilegious gang of criminal miscreants to dictate the future direction of my family, nor to weaken my family's commitment to do the right thing, no matter the cost,” he said.


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