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U.K. forces raid Iraqi police station, secure detenus

A BLOW FOR RIGHTS: The police headquarters in the Iraqi city of Basra being destroyed by an explosion by British troops on Monday after a raid to protect scores of prisoners.

A BLOW FOR RIGHTS: The police headquarters in the Iraqi city of Basra being destroyed by an explosion by British troops on Monday after a raid to protect scores of prisoners.   | Photo Credit: PHOTO: AFP



Operation followed reports of police torturing prisoners

BAGHDAD: British troops shot dead seven Iraqi gunmen on Monday after coming under attack while conducting a raid on a police station, a spokesman said.

Major Charlie Burbridge said that unidentified fighters using assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades ambushed a British armoured column as it headed towards the police post in the Jamiaat area in Basra.

``We returned fire and killed seven gunmen,'' he said. ``We then experienced some resistance at the police station itself. There was an exchange of fire but no casualties there.''

After arriving at the Basra Serious Crimes Unit headquarters, the British force secured 127 prisoners held there, many of whom showed signs of torture, then demolished the building, he said.

The operation came as British forces received information that Iraqi police officers in the unit have been torturing prisoners.

Ten killed in blast

Ten civilians were killed and another 15 wounded in a car bombing in Baghdad on Monday, a security source said.

The bomb went off at 3:30 p.m. (local time) in the main shopping street of the mixed neighbourhood of Jadida in western Baghdad. Agencies, Xinhua

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