British Reporter Freed From Kidnappers

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Freed British reporter Alan Johnston waved to journalists upon his arrival in Jerusalem from the Gaza Strip, where he had been help captive for nearly four months.

The BBC reporter was released today by the Islamic militants who abducted him off a Gaza street March 12th. Johnston had been covering Gaza for the past three years.

Johnston says the last 16 weeks were the "very worse" you can imagine, "like being buried alive." He describes the experience as "occasionally terrifying." He says he was kept in a darkened apartment for the past three months and had his life threatened numerous times.

In Scotland, Johnston's father says the news is "just incredible." He say he had a very brief telephone conversation with his son, who told him he's "100 percent."

Johnston's mother says she's "over the moon."

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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