The husband of an American woman held captive by the Taliban for more than five years refuses to board a military plane to the United States, saying he fears he will be arrested due to a previous relationship with a “terror suspect,” reports the Daily Mail.
The American woman, her Canadian husband, and their three children were freed from Taliban captivity earlier Thursday by Pakistani security forces, following five years of captivity after the couple were abducted while hiking in Taliban-controlled territory.
The husband, Canadian-born Joshua Boyle, refuses to board a U.S. plane from Pakistan, fearing American prosecution due to his first marriage to Zaynab Khadr, an elder sibling to Omar Khadr, a terror-suspect who spent eight years in Guantanamo Bay.
Caitlin Coleman and Joshua Boyle were seized by the Taliban-linked Haqqani Network in Afghanistan while visiting the country as tourists back in 2012. Coleman was pregnant at the time of their capture, and has had two additional children while in captivity.
The Pakistani military released a statement regarding the prisoners, saying they had been “tracking” the hostages after they were moved from Afghanistan into Pakistan.
“The operation by Pakistani forces, based on actionable intelligence from US authorities was successful; all hostages were recovered safe and sound and are being repatriated to the country of their origin,” said the statement. “The success underscores the importance of timely intelligence sharing and Pakistan’s continued commitment towards fighting this menace through cooperation between two forces against a common enemy.”