GAZA CITY (CNN) — BBC correspondent Alan Johnston, kidnapped March 12 in Gaza by a group calling itself the Army of Islam, has been released, according to Hamas officials and members of the Popular Resistance Committee in the region.
Johnston, wearing blue jeans and a button-down shirt and looking gaunt, was led out of a building and hustled into the back of a sport-utility vehicle at dawn Gaza City time Wednesday.
Men carrying rifles were posted on both sides of the vehicle as it drove away.
Johnston was expected to appear within hours at the office of former Palestinian Prime Minister and Hamas member Ismail Haniya, officials said.
He is currently in the custody of the Hamas Executive Force. Members of Hamas drove him out of the neighborhood where he had been held.