The Canadian man Joshua Boyle who was freed from the captivity of the Haqqani terrorist network has said the members of the group have raped his wife and killed her infant daughter while they were kept as hostages. She calls it incredible and says he told them his children are looking forward to meeting their grandparents.
In the summer of 2012, the couple embarked on a journey that took them to Russian Federation and the central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan and, ultimately, Afghanistan.
The couple and their children were rescued in a dramatic operation orchestrated by the US and Pakistani governments, officials said Thursday.
The family were rescued by the Pakistani army this week after a United States tip-off during an operation near the Afghan border.
"Taking your pregnant wife to a very unsafe place, to me, and the kind of person I am, is unconscionable", Coleman's father, Jim, told ABC News.
He nodded to one of the State Department officials and said, "Their interests are not my interests".
He added one of his children is in poor health and had to be force-fed by their Pakistani rescuers.
CBS News' David Martin reports that USA officials could not confirm the account that Boyle described to the Toronto Star. "But, I think that's all I want to say about that". Boyle said the kids, who were born in captivity, were adjusting to a new reality after growing up amid a group of "pagan" bandits.
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Boyle said the killing of his daughter was retaliation for his "repeated refusal to accept an offer that the criminal miscreants of the Haqqani network had made to me".
The couple was rescued on Wednesday, five years after they had been abducted by the Taliban-linked extremist group while in Afghanistan as part of a backpacking trip.
Pakistan said Thursday it had rescued the family after the captors moved them across the border from Afghanistan.
"To pursue personal pleasure or comfort while there is still deliberate and organised injustice in the world would be a betrayal of all I believe, and tantamount to sacrilege", he wrote.
The operation was carried out by Pakistani intelligence operatives - reportedly from the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), which has always been a source of mounting frustration and annoyance in the U.S. - with the army providing perimeter protection, unidentified Pakistani officials told CNN, which also cited them as saying a gunfight broke out with the captors and an unspecified number of them were killed.
The U.S. Justice Department said neither Boyle nor Coleman is wanted for any federal crime.
USA officials call the Haqqani group a terrorist organisation and have targeted its leaders with drone strikes. Unlike the Islamic State group, it does not typically execute Western hostages, preferring to ransom them for cash. Officials have dismissed any notion that the family's capture was connected to Boyle's previous marriage.
The siblings' father, Ahmed Said Khadr, who died in 2003, was a Qaeda financier close to Osama bin Laden, with whom the family had once briefly stayed.
The Canadian-born Omar Khadr was 15 when he was captured by US troops following a firefight and was taken to the USA detention centre at Guantanamo Bay.