NATO commander in Afghanistan requests probe into British aid worker death

21:46, October 11, 2010      

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Commander of NATO-led forces in Afghanistan Gen. David H. Petraeus has requested a probe into the murder case of the British aid worker Linda Norgrove who was killed during a rescue operation in eastern Kurnar province, a press release of the alliance issued Monday said.

"Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the U.S. forces in Afghanistan, has requested an investigation into the circumstances which led to the death of UK aid worker Linda Norgrove," the press release added.

She was abducted by unknown armed men on September 26 and was killed during a rescue operation on October 8.

The investigation was requested immediately following additional information developed by the military commander in charge of the rescue operation conducted by U.S. forces in consultation with the British government, the press release further said.

Initial reports indicated the explosion was caused by a detonation triggered by one of the captors who was in close proximity to Linda Norgrove, it added.

The press release said that, "Subsequent review of surveillance footage and discussions with members of the rescue team do not conclusively determine the cause of her death."

The U.S. military will fully partner with the British government in this investigation, the press release said.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:赵晨雁)

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