The Afghan Taliban have categorically denied claims made by incumbent CIA Chief Mike Pompeo where he alleged that the US-Canadian couple and their three child, who were rescued last week, were held in Pakistan throughout their years in captivity.
“They were not on Pakistan’s soil but in Paktia [province of] Afghanistan,” the group’s spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid told media in an exclusive email interview.
He added that only in the few days before the rescue was the border area used to transfer the couple to Kunar. American Caitlin Coleman and her Canadian husband, Joshua Boyle, were kidnapped while backpacking in Afghanistan in 2012 by the Taliban-allied Haqqani network.
In a separate statement released by the Taliban, the group stated that the numerous attacks taking place in Afghanistan were to avenge the “751 bombs dropped by the US forces” during their latest bombing spree. Sending a warning to American forces, the Taliban vowed to continue attacks until the eradication of foreign forces from Afghanistan.—Agencies