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Did Rescue Team Kill British Aid Worker?

Photo Courtesy - British Foreign and Commonwealth Office(LONDON) -- British aid worker Linda Norgrove might have been killed by the people who were trying to rescue her, rather than her kidnappers.  United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron said he received a call from Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, informing him of the possible accident.

Cameron said Gen. Petraeus told him a member of the U.S. special forces team detonated a grenade during the rescue operation, and that grenade might have killed Norgrove, who was working in Afghanistan for an American contractor.  This finding conflicts with initial reports indicating the explosion was triggered by a captor close to Norgrove.

Gen. Petraeus' office has released a statement in which he requests an investigation be made to determine how Norgrove was killed.  His office states that after reviewing surveillance footage and holding discussions with members involved in Norgrove's rescue efforts, her cause of death can not be conclusively determined.

The U.S. military will team up with the British government to conduct the investigation.

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Final Minutes Detailed in Death of Kidnapped British Aid Worker

Photo Courtesy - British Foreign & Commonwealth Office(LONDON) -- Special forces came within seconds of rescuing British aid worker Linda Norgrove before she was executed by her captors Friday in northeastern Afghanistan.

Fearing her situation was "getting worse by the minute," a source tells ABC News that teams were dropped in to an area near where Norgrove’s captors had been spending the night. Just before a rescue team fought its way to the location where she was being held, a suicide bomber triggered a vest, killing both himself and Norgrove.

“Working with our NATO allies, we had received information about the location at which she was possibly being held and we decided, given the danger that she faced, that the best thing to do was to act on that information,” said British Foreign Secretary William Hague in a statement.

“From the moment they took her, Linda's life was in continual and grave danger,” he said. “The responsibility for this tragic outcome rests squarely with the hostage takers.”

The raid took place in the Nurgal district of Kunar Province.

Norgrove was kidnapped in late September with three Afghan colleagues, who were released shortly after being taken hostage.

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