A kidnapped British aid worker in Afghanistan has been killed during an attempted rescue by Nato troops. The death of Linda Norgrove was announced by William Hague, the British foreign secretary. She had been captured last month in eastern Afghanistan.
In a statement, Hague said: "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.
"Working with our allies, we received information about where Linda was being held and we decided that, given the danger she was facing, her best chance of safe release was to act on that information.