Schlagwort-Archive: Linda Norgrove

British Aid Worker killed in Afghanistan

by Florian Flade

Linda Norgrove

„It is with deep sadness that I must confirm that Linda Norgrove, the British aid worker who had been held hostage in eastern Afghanistan since 26 September, was killed at the hands of her captors in the course of a rescue attempt last night“ – British Foreign secretary William Hague said today.

He confirmed reports of a failed rescue attempt by US Special Forces on Friday night to free Mrs.Norgrove, who worked for humanitarian organization DAI and was kidnapped along with three colleagues in Kunar province of East Afghanistan last month.

Linda Norgrove had worked in Afghanistan for several years and was an expert in development work, according to DAI.

No information was given by the British Foreign Ministry on who the kidnappers were and if any demands were presented or even negotiations had begun.

„Responsibility for this tragic outcome rests squarely with the hostage takers“, Mr.Hague told reporters in London, „From the moment they took her, her life was under grave threat. Given who held her, and the danger she was in, we judged that Linda’s best chance lay in attempting to rescue her.“

Britain´s government had asked the media for a blackout on news coverage of the kidnapped person as it was very likely the kidnappers would regard their hostage more valuable if there was widespread media reporting.

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British Aid Worker kidnapped in Afghanistan

by Florian Flade

Development Alternatives Inc – Building attacked in Kunduz (July 2010)

A British aid worker and three Afghan employees have apparently been kidnapped in eastern Afghanistan. They were traveling with two vehicles in the east of the country when they were attacked by armed men, according to the local police.

„We can confirm that a British citizen has been missing in Afghanistan,“ said the British Foreign Ministry on Sunday.
Afghan authorities confirmed the British woman and her colleagues were abducted on Sunday in eastern Afghan province of Kunar.

The kidnapped British woman was working as an expert on development aid for the aid organization DAI.
DAI spokesman told me yesteday: „I can confirm that we are working on a probable abduction case in Afghanistan involving a British national who works for DAI.“

Development Alternatives Inc (DAI) is running six projects in different parts of Afghanistan. Over 2,000 employees are working for the aid organization, including local and western workers.

In early July an DAI office in the northern Afghan City of Kunduz was attacked by Taliban fighters. A 32-year-old German and a British security guard were killed in the attack.

In August, several Western doctors died when their convoy was ambushed in the northeastern Afghan province of Badakhshan. Eight foreigners, including a German interpreter, several Americans and two Afghan companions were shot to death by the suspicious Taliban attackers.