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25 Jun, 2007 03:45

Kidnapped BBC man in chilling video

Alan Johnston, the BBC's Gaza correspondent who was kidnapped 3 months ago, has appeared in a video on the internet, wearing an explosives belt. He says his captors, a little known Islamic Group called The Army of Islam, will kill him if the area is storm

“My captors tell me that the very promising negotiations were ruined when the Hamas movement and the British government decided to press for a military solution to this kidnapping and the situation is now very serious. As you can see I've been dressed in an explosive belt, which the kidnappers say will be detonated if there's any attempt to storm this area. They say they are ready to turn the hideout into what they describe as a death zone if there's an attempt to free me by force,” he said.

The BBC has condemned the video, while the journalist's family has urged the extremists not to harm him.

Meanwhile, Hamas says that it is trying to persuade the militant group that they would not be harmed after the release of the journalist.