Ruben Andrada, 49, a Filipino civil engineer who works as one of the project management staff for the Japanese company JGC Corp, described the bloody aftermath of Algerian helicopter gunship barrage on vehicles carrying hostages and the gunmen, which he narrowly escaped.
wife, Hedelyn Andrada, said she
received a text message from her
husband Wednesday saying there was gunfire near their housing complex at the site.
later told her
and about 35 others, including seven other Filipinos, were seized by gunmen and made to wear a "bomb necklace."
On Thursday, all the hostages, about 35, were loaded into seven SUVs in a convoy that included 15 militants from the housing complex and used as human shields.
said they were being moved to the gas plant itself when the convoy was chased by army helicopters that fired on the vehicles.
told The Associated Press
that at that moment he
eyes, and was waiting for a bullet to hit him.
Militants on a back of the vehicle he
was in were firing their machine guns at the helicopter, while explosions reverberated all around them.
later saw the blasted remains of other vehicles, and the severed leg of one of the gunmen.
Another hostage who survived, an Irish man, reported seeing a severed head from one of the vehicles.
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said their vehicle separated from the convoy and overturned, allowing him and the others inside to escape.
suffered cuts and bruises and was grazed by a bullet on his
They were taken to the Alazhar hospital in Algiers.
said the others suffered more serious injuries and were in the intensive care unit.
said the Algerian defense minister came to visit him in the hospital and apologized.