The Hamas-led Palestinian government on Tuesday said it has identified the kidnappers of a BBC journalist and hopes to free him soon.
BBC television correspondent Alan Johnston was nabbed Monday from his car by four masked gunmen in Gaza City. The abduction was the latest in a string of kidnappings of foreign journalists in the Gaza Strip.
Government spokesman Ghazi Hamad said the kidnapping hurt the Palestinian cause.
"The kidnappers have no nationalism, they want a cheap reward," he said. "They are well-known, and we hope he (Johnston) will be found today."