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Two Iraqi policemen wounded in clash with Popular Mobilization militia

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Two Iraqi policemen were wounded in a shootout with a member of the Popular Mobilization militia, 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 Popular Mobilization militia, 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.