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PM Cameron: British Hostage May Have Been Killed by US Grenade

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron gestures during a press conference in Downing Street in London, where he said aid worker Linda Norgrove, 36, who died in Afghanistan during a rescue attempt, may have been killed by her American rescuers, rather than her Taliban captors, 11 Oct 2010

 

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October 11, 2010 (KATAKAMI) — U.S. and British officials in Afghanistan are investigating the death of a kidnapped British aid worker killed during a rescue attempt Friday in eastern Kunar province.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday that Linda Norgrove, captured on September 26, may have been accidentally killed by the troops trying to save her, and not her Taliban captors, as initially reported.

Linda Norgrove died as American Special Forces attempted to rescue her from a compound in Kunar Province in eastern Afghanistan. Initial reports claimed Norgrove was killed when her captors triggered an explosion near her.

Mr. Cameron says he has received different information from the commander in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus.

“General Petraeus has since told me that review has revealed evidence to indicate that Linda may not have died at the hand of her captors as originally believed,” he said.

Mr. Cameron says American forces may have been involved.

“That evidence and subsequent interviews with the personnel involved suggest that Linda could have died as a result of a grenade detonated by the task force during the assault, however this is not certain and a full U.S.-U.K. investigation will now be launched,” he said.

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