Hamas Frees Captive BBC Journalist

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When Johnston's time in captivity reached 100 days on June 20, staff from BBC London headquarters held a vigil for their colleague. Now Alan Johnston is free. Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images hide caption

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A BBC colleague holds a Free Alan Johnston sign with his photo.

When Johnston's time in captivity reached 100 days on June 20, staff from BBC London headquarters held a vigil for their colleague. Now Alan Johnston is free.

Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

Alan Johnston, the BBC reporter held hostage by Islamist militants since March, has been freed. At the time of his capture, Johnston was the only Western journalist working full-time in Gaza. The Hamas movement seized full control of Gaza three weeks ago. Johnston's release may be an attempt by Hamas to reach out to the West.

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