Dozens of Iraqi security workers abducted
In separate attack, 18 men found strangled in Baghdad
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Armed men wearing police commando uniforms Wednesday seized about 50 guards and employees of an Iraqi private security company, Iraqi police said.
The 25 gunmen stormed the Rawafed security firm in the Zayuna district of Baghdad during a two-hour raid.
Three security guards who escaped told police that the men also took money and documents.
The gunmen and their captives left in 10 to 15 vehicles, police said.
Zayuna is a southeast Baghdad neighborhood with a mixed population of Sunnis, Shiites and Christians.
The Interior Ministry, which oversees police commando units, and the Defense Ministry both said the raid was not conducted by their officers.
Interior Minister Bayan Jabr was upset by the incident and ordered a detailed report, said a high-ranking ministry official.
The raid followed a gruesome discovery Tuesday night in western Baghdad.
Police found the bodies of 18 men who had been strangled and with their hands tied behind their backs, an official with the Baghdad Emergency Police said Wednesday.
The bodies were discovered in a minibus in the Amiriya neighborhood, the official said.
The men were of various ages and were not immediately identified. (Watch as a man checks out the bodies in the morgue -- 2:05)
Baghdad police also said six other bodies were found in the capital: five had been shot, one had been beheaded.
Similar discoveries over the past few months -- mostly in Baghdad -- have helped to fuel concerns over the possibility of civil war between Shiite and Sunni Arabs.
However, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, while criticizing media coverage Tuesday, told reporters at the Pentagon he didn't think there was a civil war in Iraq.
"They want just the opposite," Rumsfeld said of the Iraqi people. "And they've demonstrated the courage to show that they want just the opposite." (Watch as Rumsfeld disputes talk that Iraq is headed toward civil war -- 1:19)
CNN's Arwa Damon, Cal Perry and Mohammed Tawfeeq contributed to this report.
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