Algerian a 'hero' for stopping blast
Published 28/01/2013 | 05:00
THE only Algerian killed by Islamists who raided the BP gas plant in the Sahara has been hailed as a hero for sounding an alarm that alerted colleagues to shut down production, averting a catastrophic explosion, writes Alex Spillius.
Witnesses said Lana Mohamed Amine, a security guard, sacrificed his life by ignoring the gunmen's demand to keep still and instead lunged to press an alarm button.
Workers were able to close valves and decompress the system, preventing a blast that Abdelmalek Sellal, the Algerian prime minister, said would have been felt for miles around, handing the al-Qa'ida-linked terrorists a propaganda coup. (© Daily Telegraph, London)