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Last Updated: Monday, 25 December 2006, 14:13 GMT
In pictures: Basra police HQ raid

Jamiat police station, Basra

Jamiat police station in Basra was the headquarters of the force's Serious Crimes Unit which was suspected of committing serious crimes, including murder.

British soldiers prepare to blow up Jamiat police station

British forces, carrying out an ongoing operation against the unit, prepare explosives to destroy its base.

British soldiers attach mines at Jamiat police station

UK troops attached bar mines to the main structure points of Jamiat police station in Basra in an operation that began early on Christmas Day.

A copy of the Koran with a bullet hole

An Iraqi holds a copy of the Koran damaged with a bullet hole during the storming of the police station.

Explosion at Jamiat police station

A massive blast puts the building out of action.

Wreckage of Jamiat police station

An Iraqi passes by the ruins of the station after it was stormed by more than 1,000 British troops, with helicopter and heavy armour support.

Prisoners being loaded onto trucks

British troops load some of the prisoners rescued from the police cells onto trucks. There had been fears they were to be executed by Iraqi police.

A prison cell at Jamiat police station

A prison cell that held about 70 people at Jamiat police station. There was evidence that the prisoners had been tortured while being kept in captivity.

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