Grenade Explosion Caused Linda Norgrove's Death, Probe Finds

A joint U.S.-U.K. probe investigating the death of Linda Norgrove found that the aid worker was killed by the detonation of a grenade thrown by one of the U.S. special forces soldiers who attempted to rescue her.

The team of U.S. soldiers has been subjected to disciplinary sanctions for not immediately informing commanders that the detonation of the grenade was a possible cause of Norgrove’s death, U.K. foreign affairs secretary William Hague said, according to BBC.

Hague revealed the probe’s results in a statement addressed to the U.K. House of Commons.

Norgrove was kidnapped in Afghanistan and was killed during a botched rescue attempt on Oct. 8. It was initially believed that she was killed when one of her captors set off a suicide bomb.

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  • Ivy Mungcal

    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.

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