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Who's to blame for Linda Norgrove's death?

Krupa Thakrar Padhy Krupa Thakrar Padhy | 09:40 UK time, Tuesday, 12 October 2010

This topic was discussed on World Have Your Say on 12 October. Listen to the programme.

A US grenade may have killed her, but the Taliban's still to blame for the death of aid-worker Linda Norgrove in Afghanistan says Colonel Richard Kemp.

'Whether she was killed by a Taliban suicide vest or a US grenade, Linda Norgrove died because extremist killers seized her with the intention of exploiting her for propaganda then butchering her. '

Many like Colonel Kemp aren't surprised by the changing accounts of how Linda was killed. Here's an expert analysis on the complexities of such a rescue mission.

Despite the emerging news, Linda's colleague remains convinced that the rescuers did everything they could to save her - are you?

Sscoop4 in Utah tweets: Killed by Her Rescuers? How could they be so careless and stupid? And Seleza in Manchester adds: Bad enough she died but for American forces to cover up the circumstances is terrible

Cover up, lies or a genuine lack of information, the fact is, nobody quite knows exactly what's gone on, and it's not the first time.

'How often have we been here before? The wedding party bombed in July 2008: the US claimed there were no civilian victims, but an Afghan commission revealed that 47 had died; the seven children killed by Task Force 373 in an unprovoked and secret attack in June 2007, their deaths hushed up until revealed by Wikileaks; the three women, two of them pregnant, shot dead in February this year "by militants" it was claimed, until former Independent correspondent Jerome Starkey revealed that they had been killed by Nato forces. The list goes on,' writes the Independent.

The kidnapping of aid-workers has become an all too common story in Afghanistan writes the Herald Scotland.

'Linda Norgrove would have been all too familiar with the danger she faced. Her heroism and selflessness make her untimely death all the more tragic...We are now told it was probably an American grenade that killed her, not one of her captors detonating an explosive vest. It's a ghastly irony that one of those young soldiers who risked his own life abseiling down from a helicopter in pitch darkness, hell bent on her rescue, ended up killing her.'

But New Freedom Blog commenting on Time wouldn't call it heroic.

'Out of no disrespect to this woman, she lost her life. But, why do people chose to go to what we know as one of the most dangerous places in the world in the first place? Are there no "needy" people in England that she could help?'

So where does responsibility lie for Linda's death?

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