Sunday, October 10, 2010

Taliban kill British aid worker held hostage since late September

A UK aid worker held hostage after being kidnapped in Afghanistan has been killed during a rescue attempt, the Foreign Office has said.

Linda Norgrove, 36, from Lewis in the Western Isles of Scotland, was employed by US aid group DAI. She was seized with three local staff on 26 September.

Their two-car convoy was ambushed in the eastern province of Kunar.

Ms Norgrove was killed by her captors on Friday during a rescue mission by US forces.

Her colleagues were released unharmed last week.

The Briton is believed to have been taken by her captors from village to village as British, Afghan and other intelligence agencies worked in the remote and mountainous area of Kunar province to locate her.

Both the prime minister and Foreign Secretary William Hague were kept fully informed and British approval was given for a rescue mission to be mounted on Friday night, involving US forces with British officials offering advice.

In a statement, Mr Hague said the aid worker was "killed at the hands of her captors in the course of a rescue attempt".

He said: "Working with our allies we received information about where Linda was being held and we decided that, given the danger she was facing, her best chance of safe release was to act on that information.

"Responsibility for this tragic outcome rests squarely with the hostage takers....

34 comments:

  1. War on terrorism... why there must be always some war.

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  2. I don't believe a word of this. Sounds very much like Anti-ME rhetoric to incite even more hatred towards the middle east. "killed at the hands of her captors" is a dead giveaway. I wouldn't be surprised if she was killed in the ambush.

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  3. Damn, that's a really sad story.

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  4. That's really sad to hear =(
    Hope she can rest in peace.

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  5. Well...whether it's true or not, such occurrences do happen at war, and there's lots of other people who are caught in the crossfire. It's really sad for their families. :/ Man.

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  6. why does everybody have to be so arrogant and unable to see themselves in the propper perspective?

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  7. That's a sad story.. Sigh.. :(

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  8. That would be an absolutely HORRIBLE expirence...and then to die in vein =/

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  9. shame, terrorists are so fucking pathetic. supporting.

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  10. Sigh at Terrorists... thanks for the comment btw, got a new post up check it out, followed.

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  11. true or not, reading stuff like this makes it very hard to not pass judgement to the general middle eastern population for me.

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  12. Seriously... I probably read this more than any other blog I'm following... where are you getting this stuff from?

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  13. Awesome post my friend, *Following and adding to my special list!

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  14. this is a good follow up post to the previous one

    I have a new post on GTL Everyday too :)

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  16. thanks for the comments on my blog!

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  17. This is so disappointing. Sometimes I hate being an American.

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  18. looking forward to your next post

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  19. you blog is pretty depressing, i feel obligated to read a lot of it though. keep it up friend.

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