It looks as a theatre of absurd.British forces have destroyed the headquarters of an Iraqi police unit after moving 78 prisoners whom they feared might be killed by the rogue officers, according to a military spokesman.
"The jamiaat doesn't exist anymore," said Major Charlie Burbridge, using an Arabic term for police station. "It was destroyed using explosives."
An AFP reporter at the scene confirmed that the buildings in the compound in central Basra had been levelled and that British troops had left the area.
British troops decided to launch the raid Monday amid concerns that Iraqi police officers, who have been accused of a string of atrocities in Basra, might kill their prisoners before their controversial unit is wound up.
Last week hundreds of British troops backed with armoured vehicles arrested a senior officer in the Basra Serious Crimes Unit and accused him of ordering the murder of 17 staff at a British-run police academy.