Navy SEAL Faces Discipline Over Botched Hostage Raid

He didn't tell superiors he used grenade in Linda Norgrove mission

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 14, 2010 4:59 PM CDT

(Newser) – A member of the Navy SEALs faces likely discipline in the botched raid to free a British hostage in Afghanistan, the Guardian reports. He apparently threw the grenade that killed Linda Norgrove and failed to immediately inform his superiors that he used the device. The details emerged as a joint US-UK investigation gets under way.

Surveillance video shows that Norgrove broke free from her captors after the shooting began and curled up in a fetal position. The Navy SEAL never saw her in the dark and threw a fragmentation grenade nearby. Her death was initially attributed to a hostage-taker detonating a suicide vest—until a US commander watched the video and saw the grenade toss. At that point, the SEALs were summoned and questioned, and one admitted throwing it.

An undated file photo of Linda Norgrove.
An undated file photo of Linda Norgrove.   (AP Photo / FCO)
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