Johnston deal denied

A SUPPOSED deal that could lead to the release, from kidnap, of BBC Gaza correspondent and Scottish journalist, Alan Johnston, has been reportedly denied by his alleged captors.

In a video broadcast by the al-Jazeera satellite TV channel, a spokesperson for the Army of Islam, identified as Abu Khattab, denied any deal.

In the video, the masked spokesman said: “If the situation gets more complicated concerning us and our group, then we will ingrate ourselves to Allah by slaying this journalist.”

Mr Johnston was abducted on March 12.

More than 160,000 people have signed an online petition calling for his release.