Two Iraqi policemen wounded in clash with Popular Mobilization militia

Iraqi security forces working at the scene of a suicide bombing in Baghdad. (File photo: AP)

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.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:51 - GMT 06:51