Saturday, October 09, 2010
British Aid Worker Linda Norgrove, 36, Murdered by Taliban during U.S. Special Forces Rescue Operation, She Had Been Kidnapped and Abused by The Taliban for Two Weeks.
A British aid worker has been killed by her Taliban kidnappers who blew up the room she was held in as US Special Forces tried to rescue her. Linda Norgrove, 36, her photo above, died when an insurgent detonated a suicide vest in the mud-walled compound during a gun battle as the soldiers closed in.
The devoted charity worker was held in a remote mountain valley in the east of the country, after two weeks of being moved from village to village following her kidnap on September 26.
After pinpointing her location, crack US troops – backed by Afghan and coalition soldiers – stormed the compound. At least six insurgents were killed, but one exploded the suicide vest where Linda was being held.
Linda, who worked for charity agency Development Alternatives Incorporated in Afghanistan, had been snatched with three Afghan colleagues from a two-car convoy as they travelled to watch the opening of a new canal they had helped to build.
Her colleagues were released last week, but Linda continued to be held as fears for her life grew. Foreign Secretary William Hague added: “We decided that, given the danger she was facing, (abuse and rape), her best chance of safe release was to act on that information. Responsibility for this tragic outcome rests squarely with the hostage-takers.”
And International Security Assistance Force commander General David Petraeus said: “Linda was a courageous person with a passion to improve the lives of Afghan people, and lost her life in their service.” Col Richard Kemp, ex-commander of British Forces in Afghanistan, said: “The mission would only have been authorised if intelligence showed she was about to be killed.” more form this source....
Norgrove worked for Development Alternatives Inc., a global consulting company based in the Washington, D.C., area. "We are saddened beyond words by the death of a wonderful woman whose sole purpose in Afghanistan was to do good — to help the Afghan people achieve a measure of prosperity and stability in their everyday lives as they set about rebuilding their country," DAI President James Boomgard said.
Linda Norgrove managed a U.N. program that provides job training for ex-combatants and the rural poor in Afghanistan's poppy-growing areas. She was an aid worker in Laos before returning to Afghanistan. She joined DAI in January and was guiding a program, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, to create jobs, boost local economies and strengthen local Afghan leadership to reduce reliance on the cultivation of poppies, used in making opium, more from this source...
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