Petraeus vows British aid worker death probe is a 'priority'

14th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

The top NATO commander in Afghanistan, US General David Petraeus, Thursday assured Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron that a probe into the death of a British aid worker was a "personal priority."

Cameron's office said Petraeus made the pledge as the pair met in Downing Street and discussed the killing of aid worker Linda Norgrove, 36, who died last Friday as US forces attempted to rescue her from abductors in Afghanistan.

"General Petraeus said that the investigation was a personal priority for him and emphasised that there would be full cooperation between the US and UK," said a Downing Street spokesman in a statement.

US and NATO officials had initially believed Norgrove was killed when one of her Taliban captors blew up a suicide vest -- but a subsequent military review of the operation suggested she may have been killed by a grenade thrown by an American serviceman.

Following the review, the United States military ordered an investigation into the incident.

It also emerged Thursday that a US special forces soldier suspected of throwing the grenade that may have killed Norgrove could face disciplinary action, according to two Western officials.

He had failed to initially inform his commanding officers that he had thrown the explosive, the officials told AFP.

Norgrove was working in Afghanistan with American development group DAI when she was kidnapped on September 26 in Kunar province, a hotbed of Taliban activity in the east of the country near the Pakistani border.

© 2010 AFP

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