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A Taliban spokesman has rejected as "false and propaganda" the allegations of rescued Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle that his child was murdered and his wife raped during his captivity in Afghanistan.

American Caitlan Coleman, 31, and her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle, 33, were abducted while backpacking in Afghanistan in October 2012 on a trip that had earlier taken them to Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

CNN, quoting an unidentified senior USA official, said Boyle balked because he feared possible arrest on American soil.

Mr. Boyle, who is presented alone in front of the press, said that his daughter had been killed and his wife raped because he refused to give in to "an offer" of kidnappers that he has refused to describe in detail.

Boyle's father said his son did not want to board the plane because it was headed to Bagram Air Base and the family wanted to return directly to North America.

"And I have to try to teach religion to my children, and to teach them Islam, but to say do not think that these bad men are Muslim", said Boyle. She was released Wednesday by the pakistani army on the faith of u.s. intelligence, reported the pakistan armed forces.

"These are children who three days ago they did know what a toilet looks like".

Washington considers the Haqqani group a terrorist organization and has targeted its leaders with drone strikes.

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"God has given me and my family unparalleled resilience and determination, and to allow that to stagnate, to pursue personal pleasure or comfort while there is still deliberate and organized injustice in the world would be a betrayal of all I believe, and tantamount to sacrilege", he wrote.

The couple and their children were rescued in a dramatic operation orchestrated by the US and Pakistani governments, officials said Thursday.

Jim Coleman, father of Caitlan, criticised Mr Boyle for taking her to Afghanistan when she was pregnant.

"It will be of incredible importance to my family that we are able to build a secure sanctuary for our three surviving children to call a home", Boyle told reporters at the airport. 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' vehicle and that some of his captors were killed.

He said Pakistani troops and intelligence agents, acting on a United States intelligence tip, zeroed in on a vehicle holding the family as they were being moved in Kurram agency.

"I assure you, I have never refused to board any mode of transportation that would bring me closer to home, closer to Canada and back with my family", he said.

Mr Boyle was previously married to the older sister of former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr.

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