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Bomb Kills Pakistani Troops Seeking Captors of Freed Western Family

Bomb Kills Pakistani Troops Seeking Captors of Freed Western Family

Speaking at Toronto Airport, Mr Boyle, 34, said the family's captors killed their baby daughter and raped his wife.

"No one has ever killed a child of this couple, and nobody has ever raped or defiled".

"The allegations floating around in the media have nothing to do with the reality because the said people are now in the hands of our enemy".

A couple held hostage for five years by a Taliban-linked extremist network in Afghanistan was safely back in Canada on Saturday after what the husband described as a harrowing firefight during a raid to free the family.

That was two years after he and Coleman, then "heavily pregnant", were kidnapped in a remote Taliban-controlled area of Afghanistan.

On the plane from London, Boyle provided a written statement to The Associated Press saying his family has "unparalleled resilience and determination".

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In a video released by Pakistan's military that was filmed before he left that country for home, Boyle said Pakistani security forces positioned themselves between the hostages and their Haqqani network captors to keep the family safe amid the gunfire.

The Haqqani network, a group that operates in both Afghanistan and Pakistan, is headed by Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is also the Afghan Taliban's deputy leader.

"What can I say - to take his pregnant wife to a very risky place for me and people like me, seems unreasonable".

Visibly angry, Boyle told reporters the network had ordered the killing of their baby - a fourth child, whose existence had not previously been known - as retaliation for his refusal to accept an offer from them.

The Canadian, his wife and their children were intercepted by Pakistani forces while being transported in the back of their captors' vehicle. "And the stupidity and evil of the subsequent rape of my wife, not as the lone action of one guard, but assisted by the captain of the guards and the commandant".

A senior official had said Boyle refused to board an American military plane on Thursday over concerns he could face arrest.

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"I assure you, I have never refused to board any mode of transportation that would bring me closer to home, closer to Canada and back with my family", he said.

The pair returned from the captivity with three children who were born in captivity.

Boyle had been a staunch critic of the human rights abuses in the United States war on terror after the attacks on September 11, 2001 and was previously married for a year to the sister of an inmate at the U.S. military detention centre at Guantanamo Bay. Officials had discounted any link between that background and Boyle's capture, with one describing it in 2014 as a "horrible coincidence".

"Coleman and Boyle are not charged with any federal crime and, as such, we do not seek their arrest", spokesman Wyn Hornbuckle said.

While the family were being held, the Haqqani network demanded the release of the son of its founder in exchange for turning them over and released several videos in which Mr Boyle pleaded with the Afghan authorities.

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