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UPDATED: 10:37, July 03, 2007
Hamas seizes Alan kidnappers' spokesman
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Hamas yesterday arrested the spokesman of a shadowy group holding BBC reporter Alan Johnston, a move that could give it a bargaining chip to secure the Briton's release.

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.

But the group, whose formerly close relations with Hamas have soured, has demanded that Britain first release a radical Islamic cleric with ties to Al-Qaida. It has vowed to kill Johnston if Hamas tried to free him by force.

The Army of Islam threatened to release what it said were damaging documents about Hamas if its spokesman, Abu Khatab al-Maqdisi, weren't freed. It also kidnapped 10 members of Hamas, the Islamic group whose violent takeover of the Gaza Strip last month has not empowered it enough to secure Johnston's release.

Al-Maqdisi was arrested while trying to fire on members of a Hamas-allied security force, said Sami Abu Zuhri, a senior Hamas official, who denied any link between al-Maqdisi's arrest and efforts to free Johnston.

But a later statement from Hamas said several people involved in Johnston's kidnapping were arrested "after the failure of peaceful efforts to release him." Two other Army of Islam members were arrested last week.

The Army of Islam said in a statement that Al-Maqdisi was leaving early morning prayers.

In a statement posted on militant websites, the Army of Islam threatened to release documents suggesting misconduct among Hamas members. "We will release some documents that reveal the truth about some personalities who have tricked the Muslim community," the statement said.

Johnston has been held far longer than any Western journalist abducted in Gaza. Hamas has said it knows where to find Johnston, but has not raided the hideout for fear of harming him.

Last week, the Army of Islam posted a video message from Johnston on a militant website in which he said he was dressed in an explosive belt that his captors would detonate if there was an attempt to free him.

The tit-for-tat arrest and kidnappings reflect new tensions between Hamas and the Army of Islam, which was also involved in the capture of Israeli Corporal Gilad Shalit more than a year ago.

Source: China Daily/agencies


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