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Coroner rules on friendly fire death

A U.S. soldier who threw a grenade that killed a British hostage in Afghanistan during a U.S.-led rescue operation feared for his safety and had little time to make his fateful decision, a coroner ruled yesterday.

LONDON – A U.S. soldier who threw a grenade that killed a British hostage in Afghanistan during a U.S.-led rescue operation feared for his safety and had little time to make his fateful decision, a coroner ruled yesterday.

An inquest held in England heard that visibility on the night of the rescue was poor and the soldiers had not seen the victim until she was found dead.

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