`BRITISH forces have killed seven gunmen and blown up the headquarters of the police serious crimes unit in southern Basra in a raid to rescue prisoners who were about to be killed, the British military said.
Calling the police station a centre of “criminal enterprise” and a symbol of oppression for the city’s residents, the military said the building was demolished with explosives after a pre-dawn assault by around 1000 troops backed by tanks. [..]
British military spokesman Captain Tane Dunlop said the unit had been taking the law into its own hands.
“Crimes unit? That’s pretty much what it does, rather than prevent,” he said.’