Caitlin Coleman details kidnapping, rescue in first sit-down interview

York Dispatch

Less than two weeks after she and her family were rescued from their Taliban-linked captors, Stewartstown native Caitlin Coleman is beginning to speak about the five years they spent in captivity and how it came to an end. 

Coleman spoke to the Toronto Star on Monday, Oct. 24, and said her captors from the Taliban-linked Haqqani network poisoned her food, killing her unborn daughter, because her Canadian husband, Joshua Boyle, refused to join the network.

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“They were very angry because Joshua had been asked to join them, to work for them, and he said no,” Coleman said. “They killed her by dosing the food. They put massive doses of estrogen in the food.”

In her interview with the Toronto Star, Coleman disputed the official statements put out by the United States and Pakistan after her family’s rescue. 

FILE - In this file image from video released by Taliban Media in December 2016, Caitlan Coleman talks in the video while her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle holds their two children. The couple and their three children were rescued Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2017, five years after the couple was abducted in Afghanistan on a backpacking trip. The children were born in captivity. (Taliban Media via AP)

Officials from both countries said that Coleman, Boyle and their three children were rescued while their captors crossed into Pakistan from Afghanistan, and President Donald Trump called the rescue “a positive moment for our country’s relationship with Pakistan.”

“We were not crossing into Pakistan that day. We had been in Pakistan for more than a year at that point,” Coleman said. 

Read Coleman’s full interview with the Toronto Star here.