Joshua Boyle, 34, and his wife — Caitlan Coleman, 31 — have finally made it home to Canada after spending years in captivity by the Taliban-linked terror organization Haqqani, in Afghanistan.
Boyle revealed that their guards had killed his baby daughter and raped his wife while they were prisoners.
The statement was made just moments after the couple had landed in Canada on Friday evening.
‘The couple was rescued Wednesday, five years after they had been abducted by the Taliban-linked extremist network while in Afghanistan as part of a backpacking trip. Coleman was pregnant at the time and had four children in captivity,’ reports the Daily Mail.
It was not public knowledge a fourth child existed until Boyle gave his statement at the airport.
‘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 authorizing the murder of my infant daughter,’ he said.
Via the Daily Mail: Boyle said his wife was raped by a guard who was assisted by his superiors. He asked for the Afghan government to bring them to justice.
He said he was in Afghanistan to help villagers ‘who live deep inside Taliban-controlled Afghanistan where no NGO, no aid worker and no government has ever successfully been able to bring the necessary help.’
The family decline to board a US military plane out of Pakistan and instead decided to take a plan from Pakistan to the UK and from there to Canada.
One US official said Boyle was nervous about being in ‘custody’ given his first marriage to the sister of Omar Kadhr, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee with suspected ties to al-Qaeda.
Due to his refusal to board the plane, and Boyle claiming he was a ‘pilgrim’ when married to the sister, has caused authorities to be suspicious as to the exact purpose him and Coleman were in Afghanistan in 2012.
The Canadian government released a statement saying they will ‘continue to support him and his family now that they have returned.’
‘Today, we join the Boyle family in rejoicing over the long-awaited return to Canada of their loved ones,’ it continued said.