An Indonesian official has described the executions of Andrew Chan, Myuran Sukumaran and six others as “perfect” and a “success”.

The men were executed using a morbid new method, strapped by cable ties with their arms outstretched.

Local Catholic priest Charlie Burrows told News Corp that the men were singing hymns on the crosses.

The Australians met most of their fellow victims for the first time just before the executions. They reportedly all hugged and said goodbye to each other.

Indonesian Attorney-General HM Prasetyo said, “The executions have been successfully implemented, perfectly… All worked, no misses.”

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has branded the killings “cruel” and ordered the Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Paul Grigson, home.

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