U.S. forces not Taliban may have killed aid worker: British PM

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October 11, 2010 20:49

British aid worker Linda Norgrove is seen in this undated photograph. Photo - Reuters

Who: British aid worker Linda Norgrove.

What: British Prime Minister David Cameron admitted U.S. forces not Taliban may be behind the death of a British aid worker killed during a botched rescue operation carried out by U.S. special forces to free her. “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 during a press conference.

Where: Ms. Norgrove, 36, who was employed by U.S. aid group DAI, was seized in the Dewagal valley in the Kunar province on 26 September. The rescue operation is believed to have taken place in the same area.

When: U.S. forces announced on 10 October that the British aid worker was killed by an explosion, almost certainly when one of her captors detonated a suicide vest. The death actually took place on Friday, 8 October.

Why: According to the reports, an officer working for the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan’s spy agency, said a delegation of mullahs, tribal elders and village chiefs was despatched to the area soon after her capture to negotiate with the militants. After negotiations, the delegation asked NATO not to launch any strike as they achieved a breakthrough. However, British foreign secretary William Hague authorised the rescue operation carried out by U.S. special forces.

How: U.S. forces claimed on 10 October that they were seconds away from rescuing the kidnapped British aid worker when a suicide bomber set off his vest and killed himself along with his captive. Reports suggest a review of the footages submitted by a drone above the scene contradicted U.S. claims. Six kidnappers were also killed during the operation.

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