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Old 2007-07-03, 21:53   Link #210
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BBC's Alan Johnston released from captivity

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BBC's Gaza correspondent released

BBC's Gaza correspondent released
Wednesday, 4 July 2007, 02:31 GMT

BBC correspondent Alan Johnston has been released by kidnappers in Gaza after nearly four months in captivity.

He said it was "fantastic" to be free after an "appalling experience". TV footage showed Mr Johnston, 45, leaving a building accompanied by armed men.

Calls were made for his release in rallies worldwide and in an online petition signed by some 200,000 people. The journalist was handed over to officials of the Hamas administration in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Gunmen from the Palestinian Islamist Hamas movement overran Gaza last month, expelling their rivals from the Fatah faction. Hamas' military wing had said it would spare no effort to secure the BBC reporter's release. A previously little-known militant group, the Army of Islam, claimed it was holding Mr Johnston and had released videos demanding the release of Muslim prisoners in British custody.
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