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Taliban spurn freed Canadian’s rape, murder claims

Taliban spurn freed Canadian’s rape, murder claims

Oct 15, 2017 - 20:05

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Taliban on Sunday rejected claims by freed Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle that his child was killed and his wife Caitlan Coleman -- a US citizen – was raped during captivity.

Boyle and Coleman were seized by the Taliban while hiking in Afghanistan in 2012. The couple and their three children born in captivity were freed on Wednesday in a Pakistani military operation triggered by US intelligence and are now back in Canada.

After landing in Toronto on Friday, Boyle had accused his captors of killing his baby daughter and raping his wife — accusations which the Taliban said were "fake".

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Boyle and Coleman were never separated during their captivity, "precisely due to the fact that the mujahideen did not want to incite any suspicion", but he admitted a baby had died.

“During a period of detention an incident did take place when the woman became ill. The area was remote, no doctors were present and due to this severe condition, the woman had a natural miscarriage of a girl," Mujahid said in a statement.

"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."

Providing few details, Boyle had said that the death of his daughter and his wife's rape occurred in 2014.

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

The Canadian man told journalists he had gone to Afghanistan to help “villagers in Taliban-controlled areas where no aid worker had been able to reach.

Mujahid said prisoners after their release had been forced into making such statements.