Skip to comments.BBC's Johnston shown in tape wearing explosives
Posted on 06/24/2007 4:48:08 PM PDT by restornu
Haniyeh, prime minister of the Hamas-led government sacked by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah, disclosed the video of Johnston in his first major speech since Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip just over a week ago.
"In the past they showed him in an orange uniform. Today they showed him with an explosives belt round his waist," Haniyeh said.
A Palestinian source close to the negotiations confirmed the existence of a new tape showing Johnston wearing an explosives belt. The tape has not been aired publicly but the contents were shared with Haniyeh.
Johnston, 45, went missing in Gaza on March 12 and is believed to be being held by the Army of Islam, a little known group that appears to draw inspiration from al Qaeda but also seems to be linked to violent clan rivalries among Gaza's 1.5 million people.
The only other known video of Johnston, released on June 1, showed him wearing a baggy red sweater. He said in that tape that he was in good health and being treated well.
Hamas officials in the Gaza Strip said they were pressing the kidnappers to free Johnston.
"We will not allow the continuation of the abduction of the British journalist. The issue of Alan Johnston must end," Haniyeh said on Sunday.
Haniyeh said his government has not used force to free Johnston at the request of the British government, fearing he might be killed or injured in the process.
The Army of Islam has demanded that Britain free Muslim prisoners, particularly Islamist cleric Abu Qatada. A man identified as a spokesman for the group recently told Al Jazeera television that it might kill the journalist.
The Scotsman is the only Western correspondent based full-time in the Gaza Strip, where a year-old economic embargo and fighting among militants have worsened living conditions.
KIDNAPPED JOURNALIST ‘FORCED TO WEAR SUICIDE BOMB BELT’...
"This is the fault of the US and the EU! If we had accepted Hamas as the legitimately elected representatives of the Palestinian people, and funded them accordingly, this would never have happned. It's because Israel is an apartheid state!
Now, where's my binkie?"
Could you please add this some how to title
(BBC FORCED TO WEAR BOMB)
He worked for the BBC. This could well mean he volunteered to wear the belt out of a sense of solidarity with his captors. [I wish I were kidding)
The terrorists really ARE unhinged. The BBC is on their side! Are they too dumb to notice? Or is all a put up job, ala the Italian Communist “reporter” “captured” by terrorists in Iraq.
LOL. sofaman wanted his binkie.
Sadly I agree England does have sick English men too...
From Wikipedia, showing you may not be far off:
Mustafa Barghouti, Palestinian Information Minister, has described Johnston as a “friend of our people”, and said that Johnston “has done a lot for our cause.” Imprisoned Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti has also called Johnston a “friend of the Palestinian people”
Will they let him wear a red coat with that?
Army of Islam Video of Abducted BBC Journalist Alan Johnston
Could you please add VIDEO this some how to title
Hoastage journalist in a video released by his captors
There may be some who claim to be on the terrorists side, and even more who by their actions are actually on the terrorists side whether they say or even think otherwise.
But terrorists are on no ones side but their own.
“Hmmm . . . how does a terrorist state deal with unauthorized terrorists?”
I’m not sure, but I bet it’s to the tune of “Deguello.” (Or maybe I just hope so...)
Get up close and personal with A Mighty Heart. Pakistan is not to be believed.
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