Ruben Andrada, 49, a Filipino civil engineer who works as one of the project management staff for the Japanese company JGC Corp, told The Associated Press that an Algerian helicopter gunship opened fire on vehicles carrying hostages and the gunmen who used them as shields.
On Thursday, about 35 hostages were loaded into seven SUVs in a convoy that included 15 militants from the housing complex, Andrada
The militants placed "an explosive cord" around their necks and were told they would explode if they tried to run away, he
Later, they were being moved to the gas plant itself when the convoy was chased by army helicopters that fired on the vehicles, he
"When we left the compound, there was shooting all around," Andrada
said their vehicle separated from the convoy and overturned, allowing him and the others inside to escape.
sustained cuts and bruises and was grazed by a bullet on his
They were taken to the Alazhar hospital in Algiers.
said the others sustained more serious injuries and were in the intensive care unit.
said the Algerian defense minister came to visit him in the hospital and apologized.