US grenade killed Briton during Afghan rescue: minister

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A British aid worker was killed by a grenade thrown by a US soldier during an attempt to rescue her from Taliban kidnappers in Afghanistan, Foreign Secretary William Hague confirmed Thursday.

Hague said that members of the US special forces team involved had been disciplined.

"Linda Norgrove died as a result of penetration fragmentation injuries to the head and chest," Hague told parliament after an investigation into the death of the 36-year-old in October.

Initial reports from the botched operation indicated that Norgrove had been killed by her abductors.

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