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World Father of freed Taliban hostage: 'He wants to be home'

04:30  13 october  2017
04:30  13 october  2017 Source:   cnn.com

Pakistan army describes freeing US-Canadian couple from Taliban

  Pakistan army describes freeing US-Canadian couple from Taliban The Pakistani military said the captors of a US-Canadian family held by the Taliban fled on foot after troops shot at their vehicle's tyres, as it offered a fuller account Friday of the operation to rescue the hostages. American Caitlan Coleman and her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle, who were kidnapped while backpacking in Afghanistan in 2012 and had all three of their children in captivity, have left Pakistan after being freed, according to a US official.

A Canadian held hostage by a Taliban -linked group wants to return home , his father said Thursday, even though he declined to board a military plane bound for the US.

The Canadian parents of a Taliban hostage who refused to board a US military plane after being freed with his wife and three children born in captivity have made assurances he is eager to return to ' He wants to be home ,' father Patrick Boyle told CNN, recounting his conversation with his son.

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Despite declining to take a flight to the US, a recently freed hostage of a Taliban-affiliated group wants to come back, his father said Thursday.

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  Afghan Taliban deny former hostage's claims of murder, rape A Taliban spokesman denied on Sunday accusations by a Canadian man that one of his children had been murdered and his wife raped while they were being held captive by militants who kidnapped them in Afghanistan in 2012. Joshua Boyle and his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, were held by the Haqqani network, a semi-independent wing of the Afghan Taliban, before being rescued by Pakistani troops in northwest Pakistan, near the Afghan border, last week.Boyle told reporters soon after he, his wife and their three children returned to Canada on Friday that their captors had murdered a fourth child had raped his wife.

speak Despite declining to take a flight to the US, a recently freed hostage of a Taliban -affiliated group wants to come back, his father said Thursday. Family held hostage by Taliban freed after 5 years His parents spoke with him from their home in Canada and said Boyle wants to return. \

Father of freed Taliban hostage : ' He wants to be home '-Parents of freed Canadian hostages speak Despite declining to take a flight to the US, a recently

CNN's Paula Newton spoke with Patrick and Linda Boyle, the parents of Josh Boyle, who, along with his wife Caitlin Coleman and three children, has been held captive by the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network in Afghanistan. They were recently freed from captivity by Pakistani security forces, but a senior US official told CNN that Boyle refused to board a US-bound plane over concerns about facing US law enforcement.

Family held hostage by Taliban freed after 5 years

His parents spoke with him from their home in Canada and said Boyle wants to return.

"He wants to be home," Patrick Boyle said. "He couldn't have made it more clear."

Boyle's mother said he told her he planned to return as well.

"His last words were, 'I'll see you in a couple days, Mom," Linda Boyle said.

Bomb kills four Pakistani troops searching for kidnappers

  Bomb kills four Pakistani troops searching for kidnappers A bomb Sunday killed four Pakistani soldiers as they searched for militants linked to the kidnapping of a US-Canadian family who were freed last week. The incident happened near the Kharlachi checkpoint in Kurram district in the restive tribal belt bordering Afghanistan.The family were being held by the Taliban-allied Haqqani network in the tribal area until they were rescued during a Pakistani military operation Wednesday. "Four security force troops including a captain embraced shahadat (martyrdom) while three others sustained injuries when an improvised explosive device went off," the military said in a statement.

The father of freed Taliban hostage Caitlan Coleman has blamed her Canadian husband for her kidnapping five years ago. Freed Taliban hostages are on their way back to Canada after ' He wants to come home ': Canadian parents of freed Taliban

Father of freed Taliban hostage : ' He wants to be home '-Parents of freed Canadian hostages speak Despite declining to take a flight to the US, a recently freed hostage of a Taliban -affiliated group wants to come back, his father said Thursday.

American hostage Caitlan Coleman and her husband, Canadian Joshua Boyle, with their two children in a video published by Taliban media in 2016. The family was freed from captivity Thursday. © From YouTube American hostage Caitlan Coleman and her husband, Canadian Joshua Boyle, with their two children in a video published by Taliban media in 2016. The family was freed from captivity Thursday. Boyle is a Canadian and Coleman is an American. Coleman was pregnant at the time of their kidnapping and had two more children while held hostage.

The US official said there are some questions surrounding Boyle's past, though there is no indication he faces arrest.

In response to reports of Boyle declining to board the flight, Department of Justice spokesman Wyn Hornbuckle said, "Coleman and Boyle are not charged with any federal crime and, as such, we do not seek their arrest."

Boyle's father said his son told him he wanted to cooperate to make sure his family's captors were brought to justice "for the horrendous things they did to his wife."

"Josh is anxious to provide the evidence needed to bring the captors to justice, as I said, for what they did to his wife, which is much more horrendous than she described in the video," Patrick Boyle said, referencing footage posted online of the imprisoned family.

Family freed from terrorist captivity begins journey of recovery

  Family freed from terrorist captivity begins journey of recovery Joshua Boyle said the gravity of the situation his family survived is starting to sink in. Now that he, his wife, Caitlan Coleman, and their three children are safe, he's beginning to realize the impact five years in captivity had on his family. "We're pretty broken and we didn't expect this," Boyle told CNN's Paula Newton on Sunday.Boyle and Coleman were kidnapped in Afghanistan by terrorists from the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network in 2012. Coleman was pregnant at the time of their kidnapping, and all their children were born in captivity.

Father of freed hostage : ' He wants to be home '. More US hostages . US intelligence officials believed the couple was being held by the Haqqani Network, a branch of the Taliban believed to be responsible for some of the group's most violent and sophisticated attacks.

Father of freed Taliban hostage : ' He wants to be home '-Parents of freed Canadian hostages speak - Duration: 2:37. American woman, family freed after 5 years as Taliban hostages - Duration: 2:13. Washington Post 9,017 views.

Coleman and Boyle were held hostage by the Haqqani Network for five years after their kidnapping in 2012. The Pakistani Army announced it had freed the couple along with their three children -- all of whom were born in captivity.

US officials said they shared intelligence with Pakistan when the family was moved into the country, and the Trump administration confirmed the news on Thursday that they had been freed.

Details about how they were freed were not immediately clear, and in the interview, Patrick Boyle recounted what he heard from his son.

"The five of them being in the back of a car being transferred and a car being stopped, surrounded by, Josh described, 35 Pakistani Army officials," Boyle said. "A firefight breaking out, that all five captors had been killed by the Pakistani Army, and all five of our Boyles are safe and okay. Josh said he was hit with some shrapnel and our governments have confirmed that he was damaged in the leg. That's all we know right now about that."

Boyle said the sudden turn of events was nothing short of miraculous.

"Cait, in her last video said if all five of them make it out, it's going to be a miracle," Boyle said. "And we're living a miracle."

CNN's Ryan Browne, Barbara Starr and Laura Jarrett contributed to this report.

U.S. Woman Kidnapped by Taliban Group Shares Captivity Details .
The American woman who was kidnapped by Taliban-connected militants shared details about the nearly five years she spent in captivity.Caitlan Boyle, who was known as Caitlan Coleman prior to her marriage to Canadian Joshua Boyle, described how she educated her three children while imprisoned by Taliban-linked fighters.

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