A British hostage who died in Afghanistan on Friday during a U.S.-led rescue mission may have been accidentally killed by the troops trying to save her, British prime minister David Cameron said yesterday.

Linda Norgrove, 36, who worked for a U.S. aid group, had been abducted on Sept. 26 along with three Afghan co-workers when they visited a project in a remote part of Kunar province, a lawless region bordering Pakistan.

Britain’s Foreign Office had said on Saturday that Norgrove had been killed by her captors during a failed rescue attempt.

Cameron said Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, had contacted his office to say a review of events had revealed evidence indicating that Norgrove may not have died at the hands of her captors.

“That evidence, and subsequent interviews with the personnel involved, suggests that Linda could have died as a result of a grenade detonated by the task force during the assault,” Cameron told a news conference at his Downing Street office.

“However, this is not certain, and a full U.S.-U.K. investigation will now be launched,” he said.

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