Nick Alexander, who has dual British-South African citizenship, was rescued yesterday after crawling through the fish for two nights. The convoy in which he had been travelling had been ambushed after fleeing a hotel in Palma.
Mr Alexander had been one of hundreds of expats working as a contractor on a natural gas site six miles from Palma, where he had been building camps for staff.
His daughter told The Times: “He saw the commotion with the ambush ahead and got out.
“There was a government vehicle with an AK47 in it, so he broke in, got it and shot dead two al-Shabaabs militants.
“He and two others from the car then ran to hide into the bushes with the gun. They were literally crawling through the bush until they were rescued.”
In total seven people, including another British contractor, were killed as they fled the Amarula Lodge hotel compound after two days of gunfire close to the site of the £14billion major gas project.
(More to follow)