It is obvious that the raid and the kidnapping were conducted by Shiite militias with cooperation from the police and other government officials. The idea that they were returned tells you that some people have more control of events than is apparent from the daily violence.
This was controlled by people inside the Iraqi government or at a minimum with compliance from within. What conclusions should we draw from this event?
Desperate search after mass-kidnapping of Sunnis ends with hostages found alive Independent
By Kim Sengupta
Published: 15 November 2006
"A desperate day in Iraq ended with dramatic police raids throughout Baghdad last night, when all the hostages seized earlier in a mass kidnapping were reported to have been freed.
In the largest kidnapping since the American-led invasion, armed men in the uniforms of police commandos had raided the Higher Education Ministry in Baghdad yesterday morning and abducted scores of staff and visitors at gunpoint.
Most of those taken were said to be Sunni Muslims, raising fears that this was yet another violent example of the vicious sectarian conflict racking the country. The Interior Ministry said that nine police officers, six of them senior, were later arrested for possible complicity, among them were those in charge of Karadah district, where the Education Ministry is based.
But, last night, the state television channel Iraqiya reported that most of the hostages had been freed in a number of police operations. It quoted an Interior Ministry spokesman as saying that operations were continuing into the early hours to free the remaining hostages."