October 9th, 2010
10:28 AM ET

U.K. aid worker killed in Afghanistan rescue bid

Hostage Linda Norgrove was killed during a rescue attempt by the British military.

A British aid worker held hostage in eastern Afghanistan since late last month was killed by her captors during a rescue attempt on Friday night, officials said.

Linda Norgrove, 36, worked for DAI, an agency that provides various services to developing nations. Norgrove managed projects for farmers and rural workers.

James Boomgard, DAI president and chief executive officer, called the news "devastating" and said his operation is "saddened beyond words by the death of a wonderful woman whose sole purpose in Afghanistan was to do good."

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said in a written statement that his forces received information about where she was held and "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," Hague said.

Norgrove was being held by two Taliban commanders, Mullah Basir and Mullah Keftan, who were both killed in the raid, an Afghan intelligence official said.

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  1. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    I am now killing ONE of YOU for every fuking dollar YOU Fuked Me out of.
    delete more messages, lie some more.
    YOU are now quite fuked.

    October 10, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. phil

    If we all simply ignore Mrs. Mehdi Dr. Bad, we can continue with our lively discussion.

    October 10, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. phil


    October 10, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Nat

    Nothing wrong with where she was or what she was doing..it is awsome that she cared enough..i hope she is at peace in the hands of God.

    October 10, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jim Brieske

    nat. There is nothing wrong with what she was doing. I agree.
    The problem is she should have been doing it someplace where a war isn't being fought. She is a female employed by an American company.
    She was targeted. Plus two Taliban Commanders were holding her. Not two lower ranking Taliban. There is a reason for that.
    And it more than likely did not involve her cooking for them.

    October 10, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ryan

    She was actually killed by a U.S grenade, read a different article.

    October 16, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
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