A Canadian man freed after years of captivity in Afghanistan said the militants in the Haqqani network had raped his wife and killed his young daughter while the family was held hostage.
Joshua Boyle made the statement late Friday shortly after arriving in Canada with his American wife Caitlan Coleman, who is from Stewartstown, Pa., and their three young children, the Associated Press and other news outlets reported.
The family was rescued this week as part of an operation undertaken by Pakistani security forces, acting with intelligence information provided by the United States. Their release came five years after their abduction by the Taliban-linked extremists. They had been on a backpacking trip in Afghanistan, and Coleman was pregnant at the time. All four of their children were born while they were held hostage.
“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, Martyr Boyle,” Joshua Boyle told reporters Friday night after landing in Toronto.
He said he now wants to create a “secure sanctuary for our three surviving children to call a home.”
In an interview with the AP, Dan Boyle, Joshua’s younger brother, said that he had spoken to his brother a few times in the past few days.
“He’s doing very well,” Dan Boyle said in the interview from his family’s home in Smith Falls, Ontario. “He sounds a lot like how he sounded five years ago. He sounds like he had his head on his shoulders and his wits about him,” he said.
In a statement, the Canadian government said it will “continue to support (Boyle) and his family now that they have returned.”
Boyle has expressed disagreement with U.S. foreign policy, and during his return flight to Canada, he nodded to one of the U.S. State Department officials on board the plane and said: “Their interests are not my interests,” according to an AP reporter who was on the flight.