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Alan Johnston Freed

kidnapped BBC Journalist Alan Johnston, has been freed in Gaza after almost four months in captivity .

Alan was freed early Wednesday after a late-night deal between the ruling Hamas Islamists and the Al Qaeda-inspired clan group that kidnapped him in March.

Rallies worldwide had called for Mr Johnston’s release. An online petition was signed by some 200,000 people.

Mr Johnston’s father Graham said he and his wife were “overjoyed” at their son’s release.

“It’s been 114 days of a living nightmare,” he said.

In his first PMQ’s, Gordon Brown said: “The whole country will welcome the news that Alan Johnston, a fearless journalist whose voice was silenced for too long, is now free.”

Updated: Wednesday 4 July 2007

The BBC issued the following statement at 3.00am on Wednesday 4 July 2007, following the release of Alan Johnston. “We are delighted and extremely relieved that our friend and colleague, Alan Johnston, has been released. “This is wonderful news for his family, friends and colleagues…