I HID UNDER TABLE TO AVOID PIRATES; Scots Student's Ordeal at Hands of African Raiders
Byline: By Keith McLeod
SCOTS student Kirsty Gillies hid under a table to escape gunmen who shot two other Britons on an African island.
Kirsty, 20, and a friend held hands as they cowered in fear that they would be raped and murdered.
She had a gun held to her head and saw Grace Forster, one of her companions on the volunteer expedition in Tanzania, shot. Then she dived under the table to save herself.
Grace, 18, and Robert Scott, 20, were wounded as gun- toting bandits raided their camp on Pemba Island on Friday, hours after they arrived.
Kirsty, from Stirling, who is at St Andrews University, said she was paralysed with fear as a gun was held to her head.
She said: 'I heard the loudest explosion I have ever heard. I looked at the girl beside me and there was blood everywhere.
'I remember crawling under the table as far as I could, only my feet were sticking out, and finding my friend,Lynne.
'We lay there squeezing hands, not speaking or moving. I was too scared to attract the attention of the men. …