Family held hostage in Afghanistan set to undergo medical exams in Canada

Former hostage Joshua Boyle said upon arriving back in Canada that the Haqqani network in Afghanistan had killed his infant daughter and raped his wife during the years they were held in captivity

Former hostage Joshua Boyle said upon arriving back in Canada that the Haqqani network in Afghanistan had killed his infant daughter and raped his wife during the years they were held in captivity

Foreign hostages kidnapped five years ago by a terrorist group in Afghanistan and recovered by the Pakistan Army in Kohat left the country by plane from Islamabad on Friday, two security officials said. The boy appeared happy and healthy, digging in the grass as his father showed off the different plants and later spoke on a cellphone.

Joshua Boyle - who arrived at Toronto's Pearson International Airport with his wife Caitlan Coleman and their children - told reporters inside the Air Canada terminal that the Haqqani network killed a fourth child born in captivity, an infant daughter, and raped his wife.

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

A family held hostage by Taliban-linked extremist Haqqani network in Afghanistan has returned to Canada where they will undergo full medical exams. 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. The ISI (Pakistan's intelligence agency) and the army got between the criminals and the vehicle to make sure the prisoners were safe and my family was safe.

He said Pakistani troops and intelligence agents, acting on a U.S. intelligence tip, zeroed in on a vehicle holding the family as they were being moved in Kurram agency.

The troops were part of a search party deployed in the Kurram tribal district to hunt down the handlers of a kidnapped American-Canadian family Pakistani forces rescued from captivity last week on a tip from USA intelligence, the army said.

Coleman was pregnant at the time of their abduction and ultimately gave birth to four children while in captivity.

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"You could say that it was partially scripted but I was fine with doing it", he said.

"The five of them (were) in the back of a vehicle being transferred and a auto being stopped, surrounded by, Josh described, 35 Pakistani army officials", Patrick Boyle said.

The operation came after years of US pressure on Pakistan for assistance.

Meanwhile, Mr Boyle denied reports he had had refused to board a plane that was preparing to take the family home. The family was seated in business class next to U.S. State Department officials. She was the daughter of a senior al Qaeda financier and friend of Osama bin Laden. Khadr, who allegedly threw a grenade that killed an American medic, was 15 when he was taken prisoner.

The US Justice Department said neither Boyle nor Coleman is wanted for any federal crime.

USA officials have said several other Americans are being held by militant groups in Afghanistan or Pakistan.

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