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May 09,2007
New tape related to kidnapped newsman
by UPI

GAZA - An Arabic news station has reportedly received a videotape related to the kidnapping of British journalist Alan Johnston in Gaza.

The tape, sent to the al-Jazeera network, reportedly does not include any shots of Johnston, but does feature a display of his identification card, the BBC reported.

Johnston, a BBC correspondent, was kidnapped March 12. The kidnappers, purported to be members of Jaish al-Islam, or Army of Islam, demanded the release of Muslim prisoners in British jails in exchange for Johnston's freedom.

"We are aware of the tape released by the Army of Islam concerning our Gaza correspondent, Alan Johnston," the BBC said in a statement. "We have no comment on the demands made of the British government in the tape -- we remain concerned for Alan's well-being and call for his immediate release."

The BBC report also said the tape includes a specific demand for the release of Abu Qatada, a Palestinian born Islamic cleric who is being held by the British government on suspicion of having close al-Qaida ties.

Copyright ©  2007, by United Press International. All Rights Reserved.

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