Wilmer Lebron Ayala, who was working at the Ain Amenas gas plant in the Sahara Desert when it was stormed by terrorists last Wednesday, is back home in Puerto Rico, recovering from the ordeal, as Caribbean360.com reports.
Lebron is one of seven United States citizens who escaped death at the hands of Islamic militants during the four-day battle last week. At least 37 hostages and 29 militants were killed, while five foreign workers were reported as missing.
According to Hiram Vega, spokesman for the city of Sabana Grande where Lebron’s family lives, the 46-year-old Puerto Rican hid from the terrorists for more than three days.
He is said to have survived by hiding under a mattress on the floor of the dormitory where he was staying, remaining there without water or bathroom breaks, enduring intense heat and eating only the snacks he had taken to the dormitory earlier.
Lebron was quoted as saying that he owes his life to the plant’s security guard, who activated the terrorism alarm before being executed, prompting Lebron and his colleagues to deactivate the lights.
The Puerto Rican national, who had served in the US military for nine years, reportedly went on to push a locker against his door and hide under the mattress, which he had thrown on the floor.
During the ordeal that followed, Lebron is said to have heard machine guns and explosions, as well as repeated demands by the terrorists for the location of “the Americans”.
Days later, when he was rescued, Lebron was taken to Germany where he was fed, clothed and taken to hospital for an evaluation, according to a family member.
Lebron returned home to Puerto Rico on Monday and was greeted by his wife, his mother and other family members, along with a group of government workers from Sabana Grande, said Vega, who added that the FBI took Lebron to an undisclosed location and told him and his family to not talk to the media for security reasons.
A government official said that Lebron and his family are trying to recover from last week’s ordeal.
“He just wants to rest and let time go by so he can little by little recuperate emotionally,” the official said.
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