A former police officer shot and killed two ISIS militants after escaping a massacre in Mozambique. His daughter said he had to hide in the bushes until he was rescued.
Last week, Islamist militants stormed Palma, a town in northern Mozambique. They targeted everything from military barracks to stores and banks.
Omar Saranga, a spokesperson from the country’s defense department, said seven people were killed as they tried to flee the Amarula Lodge hotel in Palma.
“Last Wednesday, a group of terrorists sneaked into… Palma and launched actions that resulted in the cowardly murder of dozens of defenseless people,” Saranga said during a news conference.
Nick Alexander, a dual British-South African citizen, managed to escape the attack. He spent two nights crawling through a bush.
He was one of hundreds of construction workers working as a contractor on a nearby gas project run by French energy giant Total.
After the attack on the hotel, Alexander broke into a government vehicle and grabbed an AK-47, which he then used to shoot dead two ISIS militants.
After two days of hiding out, Alexander eventually found safety and made contact with his 29-year-old daughter Jayde in Johannesburg.
Speaking with The Times, Jayde said, “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,” she added.
Philip Mawer, a caterer who works at the hotel, is one of many currently missing. He has not been seen since the attack.
A statement from RA International – a Dubai-based firm that Mawer works for, said, “Our last communication with him was on Friday afternoon after which he was part of a convoy of vehicles that left the Amarula Lodge later that day.”
According to the BBC, the violence in the area has left more than 2,500 people dead and 700,000 displaced since the insurgency began in 2017.
Militants linked to the ISIS are responsible for the conflict in the largely Muslim region.