Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 December 2014

Northern Ireland survivor of Algerian hostage horror Stephen McFaul recovers at home

Rescued: Stephen McFaul
Rescued: Stephen McFaul

The Northern Ireland man who miraculously escaped the Algerian hostage bloodbath is said to be recovering from the trauma at home with the help of his family.

Stephen McFaul ran for his life with explosives wrapped around his neck as a convoy of four-wheel drive vehicles carrying captives came under fire from an Algerian helicopter gunship.

The vehicle he was travelling in crashed and he fled into the desert where he was rescued.

Through the PSNI, which is acting as media liaison for the family, the oil worker asked for privacy, saying he needs time to reflect on what has happened to him and is aware he lost friends and work colleagues in Algeria.

The west Belfast father-of-two said his thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones and to those families who are still awaiting news.

It is believed six British nationals and one foreign-born UK resident died in the siege, along with 29 attackers and dozens of hostages from other countries.

Prime Minister David Cameron said Britain will provide intelligence and counter-terrorism assets to help an international effort to track down and dismantle the terror network responsible.

Mr Cameron said that the world was involved in a “generational struggle” against al-Qaida-inspired Islamist terrorism in North Africa. He promised to put the issue “right at the top of the agenda” for Britain's presidency of the G8 group of nations in 2013.

Three of the Britons who were killed have been named as security expert Paul Morgan (46), systems supervisor Garry Barlow (49) from Liverpool, and planning manager Kenneth Whiteside (59), from Glenrothes, Fife.

Colombian BP executive Carlos Estrada, who lived in London, is also believed to have died.

The Algerian authorities said that 37 foreign hostages were confirmed dead at the site and a further five are missing.

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