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Canadian held captive by Taliban for 5 yrs didn’t believe Trump is US President

Joshua Boyle, who was captured with his pregnant wife while backpacking in Afghanistan, was told about Trump becoming the President while the group was filming a ‘proof of life’ video.

world Updated: Oct 17, 2017 16:04 IST
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A still image from a video posted by the Taliban on social media on December 19, 2016 shows American Caitlan Coleman (left) speaking next to her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle and their two sons.
A still image from a video posted by the Taliban on social media on December 19, 2016 shows American Caitlan Coleman (left) speaking next to her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle and their two sons. (Reuters File Photo)

The Canadian couple rescued from Taliban captivity last week after being held hostage for five years in Afghanistan did not initially believe Donald Trump was elected as the US President, media reports said.

Joshua Boyle, who was captured with his pregnant wife while backpacking in Afghanistan, was told about Trump becoming the President while the group was filming a ‘proof of life’ video.

“It didn’t enter my mind that he was being serious,” Boyle told The Toronto Star in an interview.

Boyle, his American wife Caitlan Coleman and their three children were rescued on Wednesday, five years after the couple was abducted in Afghanistan. The family returned to Canada on Saturday.

Boyle said the family was held in cells no larger than a bathtub and they had no contact with the outside world. They only had chalk and a slate, he told the Star.

Boyle said the kids, who were born in captivity, were adjusting to a new reality after growing up amid a group of “pagan” bandits.

“These are children who three days ago they did know what a toilet looks like. They used a bucket,” Boyle said in a video released by Pakistan’s military that was filmed before he left that country for home.

“Three days ago they did not know what a light is or what a door is except that it is a metal thing that is locked in their face to make them a prisoner.

“And now they are seeing houses, they are seeing food, they are seeing gifts, all of this. They are doing very well.”

Freed Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle and one of his children walk outside the Boyle's family home in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada (AFP Photo)

Coleman was pregnant at the time of their abduction and ultimately gave birth to four children while in captivity. Boyle said after landing at Toronto’s airport that the extremists killed their newborn daughter and raped his wife during the years they were held.

The Taliban rejected Boyle’s claims and said his wife had a “natural miscarriage”.

“Today they are free,” President Donald Trump had said in a statement on Friday, crediting the US-Pakistani partnership for securing the release. Trump later praised Pakistan for its willingness to “do more to provide security in the region” and said the release suggests other “countries are starting to respect the United States of America once again”.

(With agency inputs)

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