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Two Iraqi policemen wounded in clash with militiaman-ministry

The shooting started when a police patrol tried to arrest the driver of a stolen car who belonged to the PMF, the ministry said in a statement. Police later arrested the shooter with the help of reinforcements.


Reuters Iraq
Updated: 20-06-2018 20:47 IST

Two Iraqi policemen were wounded in a shootout with a member of the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), a grouping of mostly Iran-backed paramilitaries, in Baghdad on Wednesday, the interior ministry said.

The shooting started when a police patrol tried to arrest the driver of a stolen car who belonged to the PMF, the ministry said in a statement. Police later arrested the shooter with the help of reinforcements.

Iraq faces political uncertainty after a May 12 election marred by historically low turnout and fraud allegations.

Nationalist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and Iranian-backed militia chief Hadi al-Amiri, who won first and second place respectively in the polls, have announced an alliance between their political blocs.

But no government has been formed yet and parliament has mandated a recount of the vote.

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COUNTRY : Iraq

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