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Fears rise for missing British contractor

A BRITISH contractor was feared dead as Islamic State beheaded 50 people in a siege.

Phil Mawer, 44, has been missing since gunmen opened fire on 17 vehicles trying to flee a hotel complex and break through their lines.

Only seven made it in Palma in Mozambique, Africa, and seven people in them died.

Mr Mawer’s brother Bill said of Somerset-based hotel manager Phil: “All I can say with certainty is that my brother was at the hotel which came under attack and is now missing.”

Former British cop Nick Alexander, a dad of five who is building camps for oil workers, was in the convoy’s last car.

His daughter Jayde, 29, said he shot dead two militia while under fire then hid in the bush.

He was one of four Brits rescued by a helicopter gunship, one of five owned by former Special Forces Colonel Lionel Dick, 77.

His fleet has rescued 120 people while under heavy fire.

He said: “These guys are surprisingly well armed.”

Some 100 militants, many with IS flags, control Palma, a mining town of 53,000 near Africa’s largest natural gas field.

Around 1,400 residents were rescued by boats but witnesses said bodies, many beheaded, were piling up on the streets.


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