PESHAWAR, 15 October: The Afghan Taliban on Sunday rejected allegations of freed Canadian Joshua Boyle that the militants raped his wife and killed one of their infant children during captivity.

In a statement issued here by Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid, termed the allegations as baseless as no one could even dare to think let alone raping Boyle’s wife, Caitlan Coleman.

He said the couple never even parted the pair from each other in the past five years that they were in captivity.

He said the Taliban have a long history of jihad and have taken many foreigners hostage during our operations in the country and in the last three decades, but we have never allowed their commanders to violate the rule of jihad.

“We have harsh rules for all commanders, foot soldiers and followers – never endanger the life of minors, women and those who left their women during the fight,” he said, adding Boyle’s claims were “baseless”.

Mujahid said the group had never raped any woman or man in their custody or hostages meant to be exchanged for Taliban prisoners