UK Aid Worker Killed in Botched Afghan Rescue

Linda Norgrove had been kidnapped Sept. 26
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 9, 2010 9:18 AM CDT
In this undated photo released by Norgrove family through the British Foreign Office, Linda Norgrove poses.   (AP Photo/Norgrove Familyvia British Foreign Office)
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(Newser) – A British aid worker kidnapped in Afghanistan last month was killed last night in a failed rescue attempt. UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said the UK received a tip about where Linda Norgrove was being held, and "given the danger she was facing," decided "her best chance of safe release was to act on that information." Norgrove was kidnapped Sept. 26, along with three Afghan colleagues who were released soon after.

"It is with deep sadness that I must confirm that Linda Norgrove ... was killed at the hands of her captors in the course of a rescue attempt last night," said Hague. No further details about the failed raid were available, reports the AP.

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