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Norgrove family see rescue footage

The parents of Linda Norgrove, the British hostage mistakenly killed by US forces in Afghanistan, have revealed they watched "harrowing" footage of the failed rescue attempt.

The 36-year-old aid worker from the Western Isles died in a grenade blast in Kunar province on October 8 as a specialist team tried to free her.

Details of the operation were revealed on Thursday with the publication of a report on events leading up to her death.

John and Linda Norgrove said they felt they had been given an "honest" account of what happened after a meeting with high-ranking officers from the US and UK military.

During the seven-hour presentation, they were shown video footage taken from a plane flying over the ambush site.

Mr Norgrove told BBC Alba: "They went into considerable detail to tell us exactly what happened during the rescue attempt.

"I looked at an overhead video that was actually taken during the rescue where we could see the soldiers advancing and the hostages coming out of buildings and it was quite harrowing. It was a difficult thing to go through but I feel at the end of it we got a really good picture of what happened.

"After the seven hours we still had a couple of questions and one of the officers came back to answer our questions the next day.

"So, we are convinced that we've had a good and honest account of the actual rescue itself."

Ms Norgrove, a former United Nations employee, was supervising reconstruction projects for the firm Development Alternativesn when she was captured in the Dewagal valley during an ambush on September 26.


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