Pakistan official details auto chase that freed kidnapped US-Canadian family

Posted October 16, 2017

Joshua Boyle was seen playing with his four-year-old son Najaeshi in a touching photo taken in his garden in Smith Falls, Ontario, Canada.

A USA government source in Washington also said there was no indication the family had been in Afghanistan.

"The five of them (were) in the back of a vehicle being transferred and a auto being stopped, surrounded by, Josh described, 35 Pakistani army officials", Patrick Boyle said.

Patrick Boyle said the sudden turn of events was nothing short of miraculous.

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"You could say that it was partially scripted but I was fine with doing it", he said.

The operation came after years of USA pressure on Pakistan for assistance.

Boyle said in a written statement to The Canadian Press that in the early days after he and his wife were kidnapped, before their eldest son was born, the kidnappers said they hoped to ransom the couple off before the baby's birth.

Boyle provided a separate, handwritten statement then expressing disagreement with USA foreign policy.

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He told reporters: 'I was in Afghanistan helping the most neglected minority group in the world, those ordinary villagers who live deep inside Taliban-controlled Afghanistan where no NGO, no aid worker and no government has ever successfully been able to bring the necessary help.

Two US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, on Thursday told Reuters that the USA military had been ready to fly the family out of the country after they were freed but said Boyle, who is Canadian, had refused to board the aircraft. Boyle told his parents that he, his wife and their children were intercepted by Pakistani forces while being transported in the back or trunk of their captors' auto and that some of his captors were killed.

USA officials did not confirm those details. "After that, our priority was to free the hostages safely", said Ghafoor. The team did a preliminary health assessment and had a transport plane ready to go, but sometime after daybreak Thursday, as the family members were walking to the plane, Boyle said he did not want to board, the official said. The family was seated in business class next to U.S. State Department officials.

Boyle was previously married to the sister of Omar Khadr, a Canadian imprisoned for 10 years at the USA detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after fighting U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Khadr, who allegedly threw a grenade that killed an American medic, was 15 when he was taken prisoner.

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They include Kevin King, 60, a teacher at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul who was abducted in August 2016, and Paul Overby, an author in his 70s who disappeared in eastern Afghanistan in 2014.