Linda Norgrove

October 9, 2010 by staff 

Linda Norgrove, (VOA) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the top U.S. General David Petraeus are visiting the southern province of Kandahar, where coalition forces are engaged in a major operation against the Taliban.

U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry is also accompanying the Afghan president, who should meet with tribal elders Saturday to rally support for his government and international forces.

NATO and Afghan troops trying to oust the Taliban’s stronghold south with a military offensive called Operation Dragon Strike.

In another development, British Foreign Ministry said his captors killed a British aid worker kidnapped in Afghanistan during a rescue attempt. Linda Norgrove and three Afghan colleagues were kidnapped September 26 in the eastern province of Kunar.

Foreign Secretary William Hague has expressed “profound sadness” in a statement Saturday confirming the death of Norgrove.

In addition, a spokesman for the Italian Ministry of Defence, General Massimo Fogari, said four Italian soldiers were killed and another wounded in an attack in western Afghanistan. He said a roadside bomb hit the convoy of soldiers, before insurgents attacked with gunfire.

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said he was saddened by the “tragic ambush.”

Italy has about 3,400 soldiers in Afghanistan, deployed mainly in the west.

On Friday, a bombing at a mosque in northern Afghanistan has killed 13 people, including the Kunduz governor Mohammad Omar, who often spoke out against the Taliban and had escaped at least two attempts on his previous life.

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