Freed family reaches Canada, says kidnappers killed 1 child

Frederick Owens
October 16, 2017

'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'. The boy appeared happy and healthy, digging in the grass as his father showed off the different plants and later spoke on a cellphone.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, did not specify where the family was headed.

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". The street is chaos and he says to me, 'In the American media they said that we support the Haqqani network and that we make it possible.

"A firefight (breaks) out, that all five captors had been killed by the Pakistani army, and all five of our Boyles are safe and OK".

'Obviously it will be of incredible importance to my family that we are able to build a secure sanctuary for our three surviving children to call home, to focus on edification and to try to regain some portion of the childhood that they have lost'.

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The couple were kidnapped in Afghanistan in 2012 and have in that time had three children.

The family was rescued Wednesday on a Pakistani-led raid based on USA intelligence. "They used a bucket", Boyle said in the video.

The operation came after years of USA pressure on Pakistan for assistance. 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. USA officials did not confirm the details. The army recovered the hostages safely from the vehicle.

"I assure you, I have never refused to board any mode of transportation that would bring me closer to home, closer to Canada and back with my family", he said. Another U.S. official said Boyle was nervous about being in "custody" given his family ties.

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. Khadr, who allegedly threw a grenade that killed an American medic, was 15 when he was taken prisoner. Officials had discounted any link between that background and Boyle's capture, with one describing it in 2014 as a "horrible coincidence".

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