World Pakistan army describes freeing US-Canadian couple from Taliban

15:13  13 october  2017
15:13  13 october  2017 Source:   AFP

Afghan Taliban deny former hostage's claims of murder, rape

  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.

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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© Provided by AFP 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

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.

Former hostage says his American wife was rushed to hospital

  Former hostage says his American wife was rushed to hospital An American woman who was rescued with her family last week after five years held by a Taliban-linked group has been hospitalized, her Canadian husband said.Joshua Boyle told The Associated Press in an email that his wife Caitlan was admitted to a Canadian hospital on Monday and remained there on Wednesday. He did not specify why she was taken to the hospital."My wife has been through hell, and she has to be my first priority right now," Boyle wrote.Pakistani troops rescued the Boyles and their three children on Oct. 11, five years after the couple was abducted in Afghanistan on a backpacking trip.

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Pakistan, which has long been accused of having links to groups such as the notorious Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network, has faced increased pressure from Washington to crack down on militant groups after it was lambasted by US President Donald Trump in August.

Trump has identified the captors as the Haqqanis, who have been described as a "veritable arm" of Pakistani intelligence.

The army said it launched the rescue after a tip off from US intelligence that the family had been moved into Pakistan's semi-autonomous tribal areas from across the border in Afghanistan.

Residents in the tribal districts of Kurram, where the operation took place, and North Waziristan told AFP they had seen drones flying in the skies above them for several days before the operation.

Former hostage's American wife rushed to hospital

  Former hostage's American wife rushed to hospital Former hostage Joshua Boyle says his wife Caitlan had to be rushed to the hospital and remains there.Boyle told The Associated Press in an email that his wife was admitted Monday. He says his first concern is the health of his wife and children. His email Tuesday did not specify why she was taken to the hospital.Boyle, his American wife and their three children were rescued Wednesday, five years after the couple was abducted in Afghanistan on a backpacking trip. The children were born in captivity.The family returned to Canada late Friday.

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Pakistan 's army said U . S . intelligence agencies had been tracking the family in Afghanistan and that they moved across the border into Kurram on October 11. The Afghan Taliban -aligned Haqqani network released videos of the couple during their captivity.

Ghafoor said Pakistan was told by US intelligence at 4pm Wednesday that the hostages were on the move.

"We sent our troops, traced the vehicle on the basis of intelligence sharing by 1900 hours yesterday (Wednesday) and recovered the hostages," he said in televised comments late Thursday.

Pakistani forces had planned to intercept the vehicle at a security checkpoint in Kurram tribal district, a security source told AFP -- but the militants drove it off the road.

Troops tried to stop the vehicle once it had travelled a few miles over the border. "But when the militants refused to halt, they shot out its tyres," Ghafoor told AFP.

The militants "fled on foot", leaving the family in the car, according to Ghafoor, who added that Pakistani soldiers had not wanted to risk injuring the hostages by firing on their fleeing captors.

Some unnamed US and Canadian officials have cast doubt on Pakistan's version, hinting in North American media that the recovery was more of a "negotiated handover".

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.

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A government source in Kabul told AFP they had informed the US and Canadians the hostages had been transferred to Pakistan in 2015.

"It means Pakistan could have released them far earlier... But due to the tension with the US they felt it was the right moment," the source continued.

A senior Taliban commander also denied the military's account to AFP, saying the militants had released the hostages of their own volition.

Late Thursday a US military official told AFP the couple was hesitating to board a US military jet in Pakistan over Boyle's concerns he could face American scrutiny over his previous marriage to the sister of a Guantanamo detainee.

Canadian and US officials have said Boyle is not being investigated. A second US official confirmed the couple had left the country on condition of anonymity Friday afternoon, but gave no further details.

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