Slain British aid worker laid to rest in Scotland

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Posted: Oct 26, 2010 11:17 AM
Slain British aid worker laid to rest in Scotland

Slain British aid worker Linda Norgrove has been laid to rest in a ceremony marked by Afghan music and Gaelic gospel tunes on the remote Scottish island of Lewis.

The 36-year-old was killed in a failed U.S. rescue operation following her kidnapping by Afghan militants. U.S. and British officials initially claimed she was killed by her captors, but U.S. Gen. David Petraeus later acknowledged that she may have died when one of her would-be rescuers threw a grenade.

The drama of the botched attempt to free Norgrove drew sympathy from both sides of the Atlantic, and her funeral was attended by U.S. and British officials.

Tuesday's ceremony was marked by music from where Norgrove worked, including Afghanistan, and an American gospel song rendered in Gaelic.