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July 02, 2007

Spokesman of Group Holding Johnston Arrested

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Alan Johnston has been captive for more than three months

The Associated Press reports that Hamas arrested the spokesman for Army of Islam, the group which kidnapped BBC's Alan Johnston:

Hamas on Monday arrested the spokesman of a militant group holding British correspondent Alan Johnston, a move that could give it a bargaining chip to secure the Briton's release.

However, a Hamas spokesman denied any link between the arrest of the Army of Islam spokesman and efforts to free Johnston. Abu Khatab al-Maqdisi, he said, was arrested in a gunbattle.

Hamas has demanded that the Army of Islam, led by a violent Gaza clan, free Johnston, who was kidnapped on a Gaza City street on March 12.

Posted by TS at July 2, 2007 07:17 AM

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