http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle ... 149890.stm
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Seems as though some of the police were involved at some stage of the hostage taking. I agree they need catching. A country like Iraq struggling to stabilise itself needs those that break the law in this way punished.Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has called for the speedy arrest of those responsible for the kidnapping of up to 40 hostages on Tuesday.
Most of the people seized in the raid in a Baghdad education facility have been freed.
Gunmen dressed in uniforms similar to those worn by Iraqi police abducted dozens of people. Police say they are trying to release more people.
Later on Wednesday, a car bomb exploded in Baghdad, killing at least 12 people.
About 20 of the abductees were released on Tuesday evening. The rest were said to have been freed shortly before midnight in Baghdad (2100 GMT), presidential security adviser Wafiq al-Sammarai told the BBC.
Mr Maliki, said that the militants behind the daylight raid were "worst than extremists" and he called for their immediate arrests.
"What happened was not terrorism, rather it was due to dispute and conflict between militias from one side or another," he said in televised remarks.
Iraqi police have told the BBC that operations to secure the men are still going on throughout Baghdad.
So far there have not been any reports on the condition of the men released, or whether police operations to free them were violent.
When the 20 vehicles pulled up outside the education building in central Baghdad, the militants were wearing uniforms that had been specially designed in the United States so they would be hard to copy.
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Many here feel this is yet another example of collusion within the Iraqi police force, says the BBC's Andy Gallacher in Baghdad.
The armed gang responsible locked the women present in a room and drove off with the men in a fleet of vehicles.
Five Iraqi police commanders are being investigated, including the police chief of Karrada district where the abductions occurred.
Initial estimates had suggested that more than 100 people had been seized, but that was later revised down throughout the day.
Baghdad has been plagued by sectarian violence between Sunni and Shia communities, with so-called "death squads" regularly said to have strong links to elements of the Shia-dominated government.
I saw the webcast and one guy in Iraq said they came in pick-up trucks and blocked off the road. That to me looks like someone corrupt in the military or police has been giving advice to the kidnappers. Some people have escaped though but I will surprised if they all get away. Getting kidnapped is a death sentence there at moment.
Good luck to Iraq in these troubled times. I hope they find out who the kidnappers are and weed them out. Also those who helped conduct it are directly responsible and should be punished.
Thoughts and comments?