BBC assured that kidnapped correspondent is "OK"

The British Broadcasting Corp. said Monday it has received assurances that correspondent Alan Johnston, kidnapped in the Gaza Strip a week ago, was "OK," but didn't know where he was being held. Middle East Bureaux Editor Simon Wilson, in the company's first news conference since the abduction, said the BBC had no direct contact with the kidnappers, and didn't know what the abductors' motives were. "We are receiving assurances that people believe he is OK," Wilson said. "We are grateful for those assurances, but we are disappointed that we still don't have any firm knowledge of his whereabouts seven days after he was kidnapped." Johnston was headed for his apartment in Gaza City when four masked gunmen snatched him from his car in Gaza City. Wilson said the BBC thought Johnston was being held in Gaza.