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Stubborn streak got French nurse out of Algeria hostage hell

Published on Jan 21, 2013 9:50 PM

PARIS (AFP) - A French nurse caught up in the Algeria hostage crisis revealed on Monday how the fear of being raped and an overwhelming determination "not to submit to terrorists" had ensured she survived.

The nurse, identified only as Muriel, escaped from the gas complex after spending the first day of the siege hidden with three other expatriates in offices that the Islamist gunmen failed to scour.

"Two of us wanted to try and get out; the two others said it was safer to stay," she told Europe 1 radio.

After hours of agonised indecision, her sceptical colleagues were finally convinced that it was better to die trying to escape than leave their destiny in the hands of fate.

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