Freed family reaches Canada, says kidnappers killed 1 child

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After being held hostage for five years by a Taliban-affiliated terrorist network in the mountains of Afghanistan, a Canadian man, his American wife and their three children born in captivity arrived in Toronto Friday night.

Terming Boyle's allegations as "baseless", Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesperson for the Afghan Taliban, claimed that the group had never raped any woman or hostages meant to be exchanged for Taliban prisoners.

Boyle did not say whether the militants killed a child, only that his captors were responsible for "authorizing the murder" of his infant daughter.

Freed Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle says he believes he and his wife were targeted for kidnapping because she was visibly pregnant at the time.

"Canada has been actively engaged on Mr. Boyle's case at all levels, and we will continue to support him and his family now that they have returned".

"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 a home", Boyle told reporters at the airport.

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Boyle told CNN he cooperated with the Pakistani military in making a video not long after his family's rescue.

"I don't know what five years in captivity would do to somebody, but if it were me and I saw a United States aircraft and USA soldiers, I'd be running for it", Coleman said.

He said the Haqqani leadership authorized the murder of his daughter in retaliation for his refusal to accept an offer from the kidnappers, but didn't elaborate on the offer.

Joshua Boyle was seen playing with his four-year-old son Najaeshi in a touching photo taken in his garden in Smith Falls, Ontario, Canada. 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.

A US national security official, who was not authorized to discuss operational details of the release and spoke on condition of anonymity, said the USA obtained actionable information, passed it to Pakistani officials, asked them to interdict and recover the hostages — and they did. The team did a preliminary health assessment and had a transport plane ready to go, but sometime after daybreak Thursday, as the family members were walking to the plane, Boyle said he did not want to board, the official said.

Boyle previously had been married to the sister of Omar Khadr, a Canadian who spent 10 years at Guantanamo Bay after being captured in 2002 in a firefight at an al-Qaida compound in Afghanistan. Officials had discounted any link between that background and Boyle's capture, with one describing it in 2014 as a "horrible coincidence".