이라크의 누리 알 말리키 총리는 14일 바그다드 정부 건물에서 발생한 대규모 납치 사건 범인들의 신속한 체포를 촉구했습니다.

말리키 총리는 15일 바그다드 대학교에서 행한 연설에서 납치범들은 지식인들을 납치하고 대학이 본연의 임무를 수행하지 못하도록 한  최악의 극렬분자들이라고 말했습니다. 

경찰 전투원으로 위장한 무장괴한들은 14일, 이라크 수도 바그다드에 있는 고등 교육부 연구소 앞에서 수십명의 이라크 남성들을 납치했습니다.

이라크 관리들은 그후 지금까지 많은 인질들이 보안군의 작전으로 풀려났다고 말했습니다.

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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has called for the swift arrest of those responsible for Tuesday's mass kidnapping at a government building in Baghdad.

At Baghdad University today (Wednesday), Mr. Maliki said the kidnappers were worse than extremists because they abducted intellectuals and prevented universities from carrying out their work.

Meanwhile, Iraq's minister of higher education (Abed Dhiab al-Ujaili) says he will stop attending ministry or Cabinet meetings until all the captives have been released.

Gunmen dressed as police commandos kidnapped scores of men on Tuesday from a research institute at Iraq's Higher Education Ministry. Officials say many of the hostages have since been freed.

Authorities initially said at least 100 people were abducted but later lowered that figure. Five senior police officers from Baghdad's Karradah district -- where the kidnapping took place -- have been detained for questioning.

In other news, at least eight people were killed and more than 30 others wounded in a car bomb explosion in central Baghdad today. Three other people died when a suicide car bomber attacked a funeral.