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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. and U.K. military officials have started what’s promised as a thorough investigation into the death of a kidnapped British aid worker who may have been killed in error by U.S. special forces rather than, as originally stated, by her Taliban captors.
Linda Norgrove’s death has reverberated through the corridors of power from Kabul to London to Washington, where President Obama expressed condolences and pledged “to get to the bottom” of what happened during the deadly raid.
Ms. Norgrove, 36, and six insurgents were killed Friday night after U.S. special forces stormed a compound in eastern Kunar province where she had been held for two weeks. Ms. Norgrove and three Afghan colleagues were ambushed and kidnapped Sept. 26. Her colleagues were freed quickly.
“The review showed what was believed to be a member of the rescue team throwing a hand grenade in the area near where Ms. Norgrove was later found,” Maj. Sunset Belinsky, a NATO spokeswoman, said. “It’s now unclear what the exact circumstances surrounding her death are, and the investigation will attempt to determine the facts.”
British Foreign Secretary William Hague told Parliament on Monday that Ms. Norgrove’s kidnappers were members of a local Salafist group allied to the Taliban, al Qaeda and other insurgents. Salafist militants seek to revive strict Muslim doctrine dating to the sixth-century Prophet Muhammad.
“At no stage was any serious attempt made to negotiate by those holding her,” Mr. Hague said.
The probe will be led by U.S. ArmyMaj. Gen. Joseph L. Votel of U.S. Special Operations Command. The United Kingdom will appoint Brig. Rob Nitsch, head of logistics for British forces in Afghanistan, to “work closely” with the Gen. Votel, the British prime minister’s office said.
All British citizens who die abroad are entitled to a formal inquest into their death. NATO officials said they hope the investigation will be completed quickly.
Meanwhile, an Afghan interpreter was killed and seven NATO troops and an Afghan police officer were wounded when insurgents fired a rocket-propelled grenade into their helicopter in Kunar on Tuesday, the alliance said.
The CH-47 Chinook helicopter, with 26 people aboard, had just landed and was off-loading when the RPG was launched into its cargo bay.
NATO did not give a nationality or exact location of the service member’s death Tuesday, which brought to 28 the number of troops killed in October. At least 2,016 NATO service members have died since the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan on Oct. 7, 2001, according to an Associated Press count.
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