Joshua Boyle says Taliban-linked captors killed infant, raped his wife

Joshua Boyle is condemning his captors, saying they raped his wife and authorized “the murder of my infant daughter.”

Freed years after being taken hostage in Afghanistan, Joshua is back in Canada with his wife and three children.

Boyle and his wife, Caitlan Coleman, were kidnapped 5 years ago while travelling in Afghanistan and were being held by the Haqqani network.

Coleman was pregnant with their first child when they were captured by a militant group linked to the Taliban. In captivity she gave birth to four children — two boys and two girls. The birth of a second girl had been unknown until Boyle made his statement at the airport.

He told that his infant daughter was murdered as retaliation for his repeated refusal to accept an offer that the criminal miscreants of the Haqqani network had made to him.

Boyle said he wanted to give his children a chance to build a home and “try to regain some portion of the childhood that they have lost.”

Boyle was previously married to Zaynab Khadr, the sister of former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr.

He and his current wife were kidnapped in Afghanistan in October 2012 while on a backpacking trip.


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