US special forces in Afghanistan stormed a compound in a pre-dawn raid yesterday, where 36-year-old Linda Norgrove was being held in the village of Dineshgal, Kunar province, in the east of the country.
A tribal elder was quoted as saying that the kidnappers had killed Norgrove during the assault. A suicide vest was found nearby, but it was not clear if it had been detonated or if other explosives had been used to kill the aid worker. "There is nothing at all to suggest that US fire was the cause," a Foreign Office spokesman added. Seven insurgents are also understood to have died during the rescue bid.